Tiger Head, Snakes Tails by Jonathan Fenby

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Jonathan Fenby brings a welter of examples of the routine corruption, inefficiency, injustice and environmental depredation that is the hallmark of today's China.
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With its expanding economy (already the second largest in the world), its population of more than 1.3 billion, its place at the core of the G20, its $2.4 trillion in foreign exchange reserves, its trade surplus, its nuclear weapons and modernising military forces, its permanent seat on the UN Security Council and its ability to dispense cash without conditions to poor countries in return for the raw materials it gobbles up, China will become steadily more important in the world. It will not collapse. It is not the great exercise in smoke and mirrors depicted by some writers or a giant Ponzi scheme as posited by hedge fund bears. But neither will it rule the world for reasons that lie in its inner complexity, and complexes.
 

About Jonathan Fenby

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Jonathan Fenby is a former editor of the Observer and the South China Morning Post, and is a former bureau chief in France for the Economist and Reuters. He is the author of ten books, including the acclaimed biography Chiang Kai-Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost and The Sinking of the Lancastria, which tells the story of the greatest disaster in British naval history. He was made a commander of the British Empire and a knight of the French Order of Merit for services to journalism. He lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK. 432 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences.
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Reviewed by Will Hutton on May 12 2012

Jonathan Fenby brings a welter of examples of the routine corruption, inefficiency, injustice and environmental depredation that is the hallmark of today's China.

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