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China and freedom

Capitalism and authoritarianism can co-exist. Look at 19th century Germany or Japan

By Lawrence F Kaplan   October 2001

On 25th february, business professor Li Shaomin left his home in Hong Kong to visit a friend in the mainland city of Shenzhen. There he was arrested and imprisoned, accused of spying for Taiwan. Never mind that Li is a US citizen. And never mind that the theme of his writings, published in journals like China Business Review, is optimism about China’s investment climate. Li, it turns out, proved too optimistic for his own good. In addition to rewarding foreign investors, he believed that China’s economic growth would create, as he put it in a 1999 article, a “rule-based governance…

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