Can This Man Fix China?

Premier-designate Zhu Rongji is abrasive, demanding and by all accounts the best man to steer his country through Asia's financial crisis

The first time Chinese Vice Premier Zhu Rongji made his presence felt in the U.S. was back in 1985, when American Motors' high-profile, $24 million China investment, Beijing Jeep, was on the verge of collapse. Don St. Pierre, who headed the venture, appealed to a series of Beijing officials for help but got no response. Back in Detroit, where he had been summoned for a crisis conference, he suddenly received a telex from Zhu, then the obscure vice chairman of the State Economic Commission. "Please send a high-level delegation to China immediately, and we will solve this problem," the message read.


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