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Zhu Rongji on the Record: The Road to Reform (1991-1997)


ISBN-13: 978-0815725183

Author: Zhu Rongji(朱镕基)

Translator: June Mei(梅缵月)

Category: Politics

Price: 148 yuan


This monumental collection brings together, for the first time in English, over 100 important speeches, articles, letters and instructions from Zhu Rongji during his term as vice premier, when he had major responsibilities for setting China on a new and fruitful course.

During this time, Zhu embarked on a plan to reduce the size of government and reform the heavily indebted banking system and state-owned enterprises as well as the housing and health care systems. His sweeping efforts ranged from lobbying for the establishment of stock exchanges to revitalizing agriculture through the introduction of a modern grain market. The Road to Reform provides a real-time look at these plans as they were being formulated during the 1990s.

The book also reflects the forthright personality that gained great popularity with the Chinese public. Zhu vowed to speak the truth and avoid "empty talk" as he tells his compatriots, "We must tackle [reform] with both hands, and both hands must be strong." To this end, he provides lists of "musts" and "mustn'ts" that will ensure a "soft landing" during China's transition and throughout calls for swift and resolute action, both in reform and in fighting against corruption.

In addition to revealing the evolution of Zhu's thinking and demonstrating how he helped transform the world's most populous nation, this book provides insight into the course of China's economic reform from the 1990s through the beginning of the 21st century. The publication of the English version will be an important milestone in Sino-US cultural exchange and a significant contribution to greater understanding between the world's two largest economic powers.

Former US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt wrote forewords for the book, speaking highly of the important role Zhu has played in China’s reform and opening up.

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