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China will not back down on Made in China 2025

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China’s Vice-Premier Liu He 刘鹤, a close adviser to Xi Jinping who is sometimes described as the “brain” behind China’s economic policy, will visit Washington, D.C., next week.

  • Liu wants to talk about concrete measures to cut the U.S. trade deficit, says the South China Morning Post, and “will not back down on industrial policy” — “especially the Made in China 2025 development plan.”
  • “China, while globally pre-eminent in the agrarian phase of human history, missed out on the industrial revolution and therefore lost its rightful position in the world. China — or so goes the story — will not make the same mistake again, as the world is on the brink of the next great revolution.” This is the argument an editorial published in the Guangming Daily, a house organ of the Party’s Propaganda Department, as summarized by David Bandurski of the China Media Project.
  • There is remarkably consistent messaging from official China, and no sign of any intention to back down on Made in China 2025.
Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is editor-in-chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast.