What have we learnt from all our ‘fact finding’ jaunts to China?


What have we learnt from all our ‘fact finding’ jaunts to China?

China has a disciplined economy that has evolved and improved. Why haven’t we learnt anything from our trips there?

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

Before Covid-19 grounded them, officials of the ANC and its alliance partners would undertake numerous trips to China on “fact finding missions”.

These junkets are normally funded by the Chinese Communist Party, or some agency connected to it, under the usual jargon of “fostering relations”, “forging partnerships” blah blah blah. Our own government also used to send officials to learn from their counterparts in Beijing.  

There is a lot that we should be learning not just from China, but from the success story of Asian nations in taking people out of poverty. While not all lessons are applicable to SA, the one recurring theme in the story of this region’s success is the capacity to implement chosen economic policies...

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