Book cover of Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China by Julian Gewirtzby Julian Gewirtz

Unlikely Partners recounts the story of how Chinese politicians and intellectuals looked beyond their country’s borders for economic guidance at a key crossroads in the nation’s tumultuous twentieth century. Julian Gewirtz offers a dramatic tale of competition for influence between reformers and hardline conservatives during the Deng Xiaoping era, bringing to light China’s productive exchanges with the West.

When Mao Zedong died in 1976, his successors seized the opportunity to reassess the wisdom of China’s rigid commitment to Marxist doctrine. With Deng Xiaoping’s blessing, China’s economic gurus scoured the globe for fresh ideas that would put China on the path to domestic prosperity and ultimately global economic power.

Interview with the Author

Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies 
Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and “Unlikely Partners,” with Julian Gewirtz
7/3/17           19 min

Podcast art for ChinaTalkChinaTalk 
Julian Gewirtz on Unlikely Partners: Western Economists and Reform and Opening
10/30/17           34 min

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