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Dispatch from Moganshan, East China

The government has sold our beautiful local tea plantation to developers

By Mark Kitto   January 2011

The German chamber of commerce in Shanghai invited me to take part in a panel discussion about foreign entrepreneurship in China. It was my previous business venture that prompted this—the magazine company I set up which was forcibly taken over by the government, not the coffee shop I now run in the country. On stage with me were a Chinese-American “angel” investor and three Germans: a fund manager, a consultant and the founder of a photo library. We had been sent a questionnaire beforehand to gauge our positions and the host had laughed at the negative tone of my responses.…

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