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Book review: An Oxford professor with a non-specialist’s approach to understanding China development and politics argues that the nation’s trajectory is not so impressive when compared with South Korea’s

2 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
n "The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century," Stein Ringen notes that while South Korea transformed into a high-income, democratic country with a strong social safety net over 40 years, China has only managed to reach a middle-income status in a similar period, and without comparable political and social development.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.