A foreign injection will drive China forward

If Beijing is serious about economic reform it must be willing to open up its state-owned enterprises to Western talent.

In the dying days of the Qing Empire (1644 to 1912), Sir Robert Hart, an Ulsterman, was running China’s Imperial Maritime Customs Service. It was clean, efficient and, most important of all, the most lucrative source of revenue for an indebted and crumbling empire.


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