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In the Shadow of the Dragon by William Dowell, Winter Nie

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SEVENCHINT Switches on China’s Electricity

Share the wealth, and people are committed.

—CHINT’s philosophy

Nan Cunhui, Wenzhou, and the Founding of CHINT

NAN CUNHUI, THE FUTURE FOUNDER, CEO, and chairman of the CHINT Group, was born in Yueqing County, Wenzhou, in July 1963, three years before the start of the Cultural Revolution. From the beginning, Nan’s education tended toward practicality rather than theory. To help his family make ends meet during the chaos and economic disarray that characterized the Cultural Revolution, he began selling eggs and rice bran in Wenzhou’s streets at the age of six. Child labor was one way of getting around the restrictions against private enterprise. While street peddling was forbidden and adults risked going ...

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