This book is the Western world's first in-depth look at the Chinese President Jiang Zemin - one of the most influential leaders in the world - in terms of his personality, philosophy and statecraft. Readers will understand developments in China in key arenas such as politics and leadership issues, economic policy and social problems, as well as new ideas and trends for the new century. Events from the mid-1990s to Beijing's response to the Asian financial crisis are covered in the book. The book affords readers a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at Communist party politics in action. The author draws on interviews with hundreds of cadres, civil servants, academics, diplomats, businessmen, and other China experts in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzen, and Hong Kong. These first-hand in-depth investigations are turned into perceptive observations and well-argued analysis of the Chinese reality thanks to the author's two decades of experience as a China-watcher. Apart from a core chapter on Jiang the politician and the policymaker, there are sections on reform of the economy and the state-owned enterprises; prospects of political liberalisation; the political fortune of different factions in the party; the People's Liberation Army and the "China Threat"; the rising civil society and the "new class" of private entrepreneurs and professionals; the influence of post-1997 Hong Kong on the Mainland; and ideological currents for the 21st Century including nationalism. It ends with an epilogue on the rise of Premier Zhu Rongji - the only cadre who can challenge Jiang's supremacy - and Zhu's masterplan to ensure that China remains "immune" to the Asian economic crisis. The book looks at whether the Communist party leadership with Jiang as its "core" can adequately respond to the challenges of the Asia-Pacific Century and the Information Revolution. Having successfully consolidated his hold over the party, government, and army, Jiang - a largely conservative politician - concentrated power in the party and quashed expressions of dissent with an iron fist. In economic matters, the President gravitates towards pumping resources into around 800 "key" state enterprises in the hope they can rival the zaibatsus and chaebols of Japan and South Korea respectively. Early 1998 has, however, shown indications that Jiang and colleagues like Zhu realised that they must grasp the nettle on reform. Bolder steps are taken in privatising industry and more policy debate among intellectuals are allowed. The Jiang Administration is also under growing pressure from new socio-economic forces - like the civil society and a younger generation of "Westernised" cadres - to introduce deep-rooted changes in the political and economic systems. The book will offer thought-provoking pointers as to whether the Jiang team can enable China to cross new thresholds in the next century.
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The Era of Jiang Zemin will cement Willy Wo-Lap Lam's reputation as one of the foremost chroniclers of the times and troubles of modern China. Set against a backdrop of the perennial problems of corruption, party in-fighting, the Taiwan dilemma and the role of the PLA, and the more recent difficulties posed by the Asian financial crisis, the book provides a masterful analysis of the position Jiang has taken on each of these critical issues. Lam is able to draw on his own fast experience and contacts in China to provide fascinating insights into Jiang's personality and how it influences his approach to political problems. As Lam sees it, Jiang is a man obsessed with his place in history, of how his leadership will compare with that of such legendary figures as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Yet, paradoxically, for all his desire to find solutions for China's enduring problems, 'his biggest achievement may be keeping the CCP in power'. This is essential reading for anyone interested in recent Chinese politics. --Ian Scott, Professor of Politics and International Studies, Murdoch University
Pulling no punches and sparing no adjectives, Willy Lam vividly portrays China's newest strongman, Jiang Zemin, as a political overachiever, adept in the ways of Machiavellian manipulation and favor-currying, but lacking a defining vision for China's future--more a "fire-fighter" than a "helmsman". While some may take issue with Lam's free-wheeling, shoot-from-the-hip style, he can lay fair claim to the titles of "the China Watcher's China Watcher." --Richard Baum, Professor of Political Science, UCLA, and author of Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping
Until now there has been no easily available source of information on post-Deng Xiaoping Chinese politics, based on comprehensive familiarity with both Chinese and English sources. Now we have one. --Jonathan Mirsky, East Asia Editor, 1993-98, The Times (London)
Willy Lam is one of the best informed observers writing about the shifting kaleidoscope of Chinese leadership patterns. His most recent book is an encyclopedic and important look into the workings of the Chinese Communist Party's "core leadership" that is enormously helpful in figuring out who is whom and where all the fracture points are in this opaque hierarchy. --Orville Schell, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC BerkeleyAbout the Author:
Willy Wo-Lap Lam is a recognized authority on China. A journalist and researcher with more than 20 years experience, he has published extensively on the Chinese Communist party, economic and political reform, the People's Liberation Army, and China-Taiwan and China-Hong Kong relations. A Beijing correspondent from 1986 until the Tiananmen Square crackdown, he is currently Associate Editor and China Editor of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post. He is author of three books, including China After Deng Xiaoping (1995).
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