The death of qualified economists in China

From Anti’s English Blog:

AEB: 2005 is an eventful year for Chinese’s mainstream economists, who have been plunged into stern criticism both from the public and on the Internet. Reflection on the current status of China’s economics may lead to a retrospect of China’s reform and policy. Therefore China Business Times (CBT) had an interview on Oct 26 with Professor X.L. Ding (Ding Xueliang), a sociologist from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

CBT: During the past two decades, it seems that only economists have been playing in the intellectual arena, compared with other disciplines. They seem to have an exclusive edge to affect our government’s policy and become the limelight in the China’s opening-up and reform process. What’s your comment on this?

Ding: In the past quarter century, we implemented our reform and policy without considering sustainable development and a harmonious society. We always stick to one subject and ignore others at the same time; this easily causes us go astray. Some interest groups have emerged that are hard to ignore. The cost will be expensive if we want to make things up.

Translated by Hector Lee.

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