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A modest business proposal

Drinking, driving and resort-going in eastern China

By Mark Kitto   June 2011

It was a familiar summons: a friend of a friend had a business proposal. I was having a quiet evening at home but dragged myself to the coffee shop for a meeting. The friend was waiting. I couldn’t remember him. We’d met once, several years ago. He pulled out a photo to prove it.

He made the introductions. The man with the proposal worked for the State Grid, the national electricity supplier. He managed a hydropower plant on a mountain a few hours’ drive away. Beside the plant was a vast hotel and activity centre, including a semi-artificial ski slope.…

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