Their debate is efficiently and effectively moderated by James Fallows, famed China observer and writer for The Atlantic and author of the wonderful big picture introductory book on China, Postcards from Tomorrow’s Square.
Fascinating debate between two bright lights and minds that is worth watching. In just this one simple hour – if you focus and really watch and listen closely – you will learn more about China and even some of your own biases and notions (on both sides of the debate), than you may learn in the various courses, seminars or workshops you can take that focus on China. In other words, the amount of ground this video covers and the number of disciplines it touches on and weaves together, including business, is impressive.
And don’t blow off the Q & A session in the last half of the video. The Q & A is equally good and some of the session’s best “meat” is found in the excellent questions posed by the audience and the panelists’ insightful answers.
July 2, 2014 Addendum: See also this TEDx talk by Eric Li (A Tale of Two Political Systems) that just came out that elaborates on the above and his position. As with many videos, be sure to check out the comments to his presentation, as that is where you can get in the weeds and learn a few more things on both sides of the debate.
By the way, after watching these videos which panelist do you agree with – Minxin Pei or Eric Li – and why?