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PAPER TIGER

Xu Zhiyuan

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(Paperback | ISBN 9781781859797 | 320 pages)

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In PAPER TIGER the Chinese journalist and intellectual Xu Zhiyuan paints a portrait of the worldÍs second-largest economy via a thoughtful and wide-ranging series of mini essays on contemporary Chinese society. Xu Zhiyuan describes the many stages upon which ChinaÍs great transformation is taking place, from Beijing’s Silicon district to a cruise down the Three Gorges; he profiles ChinaÍs dissidents, including Liu Xiaobo, Ai Weiwei and Chen Guangcheng; and explores lesser-known stories of scandals that rocked China but which most people outside that country did not hear about – and which shed troubling light on China’s dark heart. Xu Zhiyuan understands his homeland in a way no foreign correspondent ever could. PAPER TIGER is a unique insiderÍs view of China that is measured and brave, ambitious in scope and deeply personal.