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China's celebrity economist

Justin Lin Yifu talks about his economic philosophy and his prescriptions for China. By Vikram Khanna


ON the evening of May 16, 1979, a Taiwanese military officer named Lin Zhengyi plunged into the waters off Taiwan's Quemoy island where he was commander, and swam for more than three hours to mainland China.

He was soon to become one of China's top economic thinkers and an intellectual