China: A land of contradictions?

Friday - 7/9/2010, 6:17pm EDT

Steve Kelman, Professor of Public Management, Kennedy School at Harvard

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The land of contradictions - that's what Harvard Professor Steve Kelman calls China.

So is it a powerful country about to take over the world, or a poor, developing country rife with social problems?

Kelman has just returned from Shanghai and says the Western perception of China is all wrong.

He says after talking with academics and some officials, and from reading the English-language media, his perception is closer to the second image than the first.