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Thursday, August 26, 2004 

Trust

N* The Beijing Node, a blog (probably setup in parrallel to the upcoming World Economic Forum's China Meeting in Beijing?) and with familiar names from the blogosphere such as Joi Ito, Rebecca Mckinnon and Loïc Le Meur has posted The Beijing Consensus: Notes on the new physics of Chinese power an analytical paper by Joshua Ramo who based his research on "more than one hundred off-the-record discussions with leading thinkers in Chinese universities, think thanks and government". The paper is a bit of a lengthy reading, but explains what shapes Chinese leaders views on development, their role in globalization as well as international relations, and etc. There are many quotables in this piece that are worth further discussion. But I find the following bit interesting.

"While ten years ago Beijing intellectuals were consuming books about market economics, a sample of the top three selling books at Beida's bookstore today are about the quality of national development: a discourse on poor Western China, an examination of the implications of a weak public health and a discussion the need for trust in a changing society." (Bold are mine)


This is a question I have been thinking for quite a while: how much trust is there in China nowadays? There is more trust compared to the years during the Cultural Revolution. People seems to have more trust on strangers in some corners in the virtual space, but in real space, it is still a low-trust society - at least that's I have been told and experienced.

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