Winston Lord, who served under Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as ambassador to China from 1985-89, recently spoke to Asia Society about this country’s current leadership transition. The three-part interview is on Asia Society’s blog. The first part is embedded above, in which Lord offers this soundbite:
Every time there’s a leadership change in China, people start forecasting what’s going to happen. That’s very dangerous. I believe “China expertise” is an oxymoron. It’s very difficult to predict, particularly cause of the secretive nature and the non-democratic nature of their system.
But self-anointed China experts can be so darn fun.
(All three parts of the interview are grouped in one single Youku video after the jump, for those in China.)
Yep, pretty much sums it up.