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Can China Lead?: Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth by F. Warren McFarlan, William Kirby, Regina Abrami

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1THE MYTHS AND MAKING OF MODERN CHINA

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

—Thomas Henry Huxley, 1880

On September 28, 2012, Bo Xilai, the charismatic Party chief of a major Chinese municipality, a former provincial governor, former Minister of Commerce, and son of a well-respected revolutionary elder, was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). A Party princeling—that is, a person with direct family links to the highest level of the Party’s political elite—Bo had crafted a reputation as one of China’s most suave and charismatic politicians. He had won praise for aiding the transformation of cities weighed down by dying industries and for protecting the interests of Chinese businesses in the face of foreign ...

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