China Into the Future: Making Sense of the World's Most Dynamic Economy
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An excellent overview of the economic, political and business trends remaking China in the 21st century as perceived by several of the recognized top experts in this field.--James Kynge, Author, China Shakes the World,

China into the Future is a unique and valuable collection of insights from some of the most experienced and respected contemporary China analysts. Reading this book is like taking an intensive course in the economic, social and political future of China.--Michael Koenig, President of Bayer Greater China Group, Shanghai

An exceptional book. No business executive should engage China until they have read this systematic unlocking of the China puzzle made so accessible by John Hoffmann, Michael Enright and their global network of China experts.--Vince Harris, OBE, Regional Managing Director - Asia International Power plc., London & Singapore

China into the Future provides great insights into the complexities of contemporary Chinese social and political realities, and future development trajectories while avoiding the common fallacy of trying to capture China through all-embracing generalizations or simplistic hypotheses.--Tom Behrens-S?rensen, Executive Vice President of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, Chairman of Maersk China Limited, Beijing

Yesterday you needed to understand China if you had direct dealings with that part of the world. Today you have to understand China to understand the world. This book offers substantial confidence to those who have to think responsibly about the years ahead. I am sure it will be read with close attention in China.--John Gerson CMG, Head of Government & Political Affairs, BP plc, London


W. John Hoffmann is a Co-Founder and Principal of the Exceptional Resources Group (XRG), a China-based strategy and transactional consultancy, and a Co-Founder of the China Dialogues Network (CDN), a network of leading China scholars, analysts, consultants, and business people that provides information and bespoke advice on China. The third generation of his family to live and work in China, with over 27 years China-specific experience, Hoffmann’s areas of expertise are breakthrough strategy development and venture negotiation, party and government relations and relationship building, project finance, mergers & acquisitions, and restructuring/workouts. Since 1986, he has advised government and multinational clients on their China projects.  Hoffmann received his AB in modern Chinese politics from Harvard, and spent several years working in London before moving to Hong Kong in 1980.

Called “one of the world’s leading strategy gurus” by the Academy of International Business, Michael Enright is Sun Hung Kai Professor, University of Hong Kong; Director of Competitiveness Programs, Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy; Director of Enright, Scott & Associates, an economic and strategic consulting firm; a Director of two Hong Kong listed companies; and a Founder Core Associate of the China Dialogues Network (CDN). Enright has advised numerous firms, governments, and multilateral agencies on competitiveness and strategy; has published extensively; and has appeared as an invited speaker in 35 countries. Enright received his AB, MBA, and PhD from Harvard, and spent six years on the faculty of the Harvard Business School before moving to Asia in 1996.



List of Contributors.

List of Abbreviations.

Chapter 1. China Into the Future (W. John Hoffmann).

Chapter 2. China’s Economy Into the Future (Michael J. Enright).

Chapter 3. China: Key Issues for Business (Kenneth J. DeWoskin).

Chapter 4. China Confronts Globalization: Achievements and Challenges (Robert A. Scalapino).

Chapter 5. China: Socio-Political Issues (Tony Saich).

Chapter 6. China’s New Banking System (Jonathan Anderson).

Chapter 7. After Hu, Who?: The Rising Stars of China’s Fifth Generation (Cheng Li).

Chapter 8. Different Futures for China (Robert C. Broadfoot and Michael J. Enright).