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Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire And Betrayal [Paperback]

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Pages   253
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2005
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1594031223  
EAN  9781594031229  

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In 1998, Ethan Gutmann arrived in Beijing in search of the New China. Formerly the chief correspondent for a television documentary series, Gutmann rapidly made his way into the expatriate community of American entrepreneurs. In this well-catered equivalent of a commercial boot camp, newly arrived recruits were indoctrinated in the creed that China's growing strength presented untapped opportunities for profit and expansion. Motorola reps bragged of routinely bribing Chinese officials for market access; Asia Global Crossing executives burned through company expense accounts while racking up massive losses for the corporation; and PR consultants provided svelte Mongolian prostitutes and five-star hotel suites for delegations from the home office. In this fast lane, success was measured not only by market share, but also by the ability to pay off favors by lobbying for China's interests in Washington. Writing from the ground zero of his daily experience, Gutmann shows how massive foreign investment generated prosperity-and also a feverish new nationalism which surged into China's universities, the dot.coms, and the entrepreneurial centers. Beginning with the riots over the 1999 Belgrade embassy bombing, Gutmann witnessed an eruption of anti-Americanism and a spurning of democracy even as U.S. technology and communication companies began wholesale transfer of America's most sophisticated technologies to the Chinese market. With the full cooperation of companies such as Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo!, Chinese authorities used American technology to monitor, sanitize, and ultimately isolate the Chinese web, creating the world's greatest Big Brother Internet. Losing the New China tells an insider's story of American business in 21st-century Beijing. Filled with character and event, this book is a fascinating chronicle of the business and personal lives of strangers in a strange land. Readers will come away from this book understanding how and why U.S. corporations helped to replace the Goddess of Democracy that once stood in Tiananmen Square with the Gods of Mammon and Mars that dominate China today.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! For the last several years, Ethan Gutmann worked in Beijing as a senior counselor for APCO China, the leading public affairs firm in China. He also worked with Beijing Television as an executive producer for a U.S.-Chinese talk show, and wrote for such publications as the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard and Investor's Business Daily.

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What planet is this guy on?  Nov 4, 2008
In short, this drivel is typical of the opportunistic "China Hands" who spend their time in China hanging out with other ex-pats and then sell a book touting their "insider memoirs". Wow, unscrupulous business men. Gee whiz, corruption. Hello! China is no different than any other country in the world. This writers characterizations are representative of a tiny percentage of foreign businesses in China. This guy either has an agenda or he wasted a great opportunity. Instead read something from people who have spent time in the country, doing business successfully. Try Brahm who has lived in China for over 26 years.
A solid three star - no higher  Jun 20, 2007
Whatever Gutmann is now, at the time this was written he was clearly nothing more than a freelance journalist riding on the coattails of his web designer wife who soujourned for a while in China while working on web projects. This book recounts Gutmann's experiences, which are limited, and relies heavily on second hand accounts furnished by friends, contacts, aquaintances. What redeems this book is Gutmann's lucid expose of everything he saw and heard. All told this book is a worthwhile contribution to the mounting volumes on life in China, and what her interaction with the West, and America in particular, is having on the respective societies. A downer for me was the last chapter where Gutmann provides unneccessary detail about American expatriot involvement with what he describes as China's "sexual revolution". Moreover he opines that Americans who visit China and show restraint in being faithful to their wives or girlfriends receive no "pat on the back" from him. I guess marriage vows or faithfulness are just passe' for enlightened tomes like author Gutmann.
Fun to read.  Jan 28, 2007
Although the author seems to have many an ax to grind with the Chinese, this book is an important contribution to the growing China-America literature. This book revolves as much around China as it does around its author. Personally, I enjoy these type of accounts because they are seldom boring. The author touches on many aspects of the Chinese society like, for example, current sexual mores, the highly censored Internet that most Chinese experience, Chinese military doctrine, lack of individual liberties, etc. The undertow seems to be "do not be fooled by the Chinese mirage, watch out!". If you do not mind a somewhat biased tone on a book, read this book by all means.
It is what it is.  Dec 16, 2006
This book delivers what the Author wanted to deliver. An insightful book that looks at doing business in China.

Wake up and smell the tea. China will again rise as the worlds factory. Yes, it will be built on the backs of the poor. It is what it is. To impose western idealism onto the Chinese is foolish thinking. More likely, as is already happening, US companies will begin lobbying to include practices in their business model in the US that they learned in China. China will change the world, not the other way around.
A different China then the one we thought it would be   Jul 4, 2006
The major claims of this book are:
1) The United States naively thought that economic liberalization and capitalistic prosperity would lead to democratic freedom in China Reality has proven very un -Fukuyama like in this regard and the Chinese totalitarian - state has been strengthened inadvertently by U.S. help.
2) US businesses cooperate with the Chinese government in suppressing the freedom of the Chinese people. These businesses include among others, the Internet giant Google.
3) It is difficult for an outside business person to make money in China unless he adopts the corrupt practices of the Chinese.
4) China is not an inward-looking Middle Kingdom but rather an aggressive potentially dangerous adversary to the free world, first in the economic realm but also increasingly in the military realm.
5) The corruption of Chinese society is also present in the thriving pay- for- play sex business.
6) China is thus not the model for a future world living in prosperity, democracy and freedom, and the personal dignity of the individual.

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