This book is part of a series which makes available to English-speaking audiences the work of the individual Chinese economists who were the architects of China’s economic reform. The series provides an inside view of China’s economic reform, revealing the thinking of the reformers themselves, unlike many other books on China’s economic reform which are written by outside observers.
Wang Mengkui (1938-) has been Director of the Research Office under the State Council and was President of the State Council’s Development Research Centre from 1998 to 2007. A member of the Party since 1956, he has been responsible for drafting many key Chinese Communist Party documents, including Report on the Work of the Government, presented to the National People’s Congresses.
The book is published in association with China Development Research Foundation, one of the leading economic and social think tanks in China, where many of the theoretical foundations and policy details of economic reform were formulated.
Foreword Author's Preface 1. A major issue in reforming the ‘leadership system’ of enterprises 2. The need to institutionalize successful experience of reform 3. Surveys relating to land reallocation and the extending of land-use contracts in rural Jiangmen, Guangdong province 4. China’s national conditions and ‘building socialism with Chinese characteristics’ 5. Some thoughts on shareholding systems 6. My humble views on whether or not our military should participate in business 7. Improving income distribution in China 8. Overview of a Socialist Market Economy 9. The structure of China’s ownership systems at the current stage in China’s history 10. Problems facing China’s social security reform 11. Entry into WTO and China’s economic restructuring 12. Four policies to reduce the burden on farmers and revitalize the rural economy 13. Regarding our understanding of ‘urbanization’ and certain policy issues 14. Regarding research on the three-step strategy for modernization 15. On Cultural Restructuring 16. Preface to ‘Storming the Fortress: 30 Key Topics Relating to Reform 17. The situation and the tasks facing economic restructuring 18. On Property Law 19. Social contradictions and policy orientation 20. The road China has travelled 21. Our basic national conditions at the primary stage of socialism and the ‘staged’ nature of current development 22. The first comprehensive design for a socialist market-economy system