Cui Zhiyuan

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Cui Zhiyuan
Cui Zhiyuan profile.jpg
Born 1963
Nationality Chinese
Alma mater National University of Defense Technology
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
University of Chicago
Organization MIT, National University of Singapore, Harvard University Law School, Tsinghua University
Notable work Second Liberation of Thought, Liberal Socialism and the Future of China
Movement Chinese New Left

Cui Zhiyuan (Chinese: 崔之元), born in Beijing in 1963, is a professor at Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management, Beijing.[1] His father was a nuclear engineer in Sichuan province.[2] He is a leading member of the Chinese New Left through his work on alternatives to neo-liberal capitalism.

Cui first gained notoriety as a post-graduate student in 1993 when he published an article calling for a 'second liberation of thought'.[citation needed] Cui then went onto publish a book on the socialist market economy of Nanjie village, this along with his previous publications cemented his reputation as one of the founding members of China's New Left movement. Cui is an admirer of James Meade's work on liberal socialism.[3]

More recently Cui has become known for his work on and as a proponent of the Chongqing model as a model for development. A model that he argues could end China's dependence on exports and savings; reduce the growing economic divide between rural and urban areas as well as use public ownership and state planning to stimulate private business. Cui is close to Chongqing's mayor Huang Qifan and the city's now disgraced Party Secretary Bo Xilai prior to his political downfall and was seconded to the local government as an official.[3]

His views are discussed in the essay-collection One China, Many Paths. He has also been critical of recent privatisations of state assets,[4] and has called for more democracy within the party.[5]


  1. ^ Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management: Cui Zhiyuan public profile, English version, retrieved 6 August 2010
  2. ^ Leonard, Mark (2008). What Does China Think?. Great Britain: Fourth Estate. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-00-723068-6. 
  3. ^ a b "The Chongqing experiment: the way forward for China?" (PDF). China 3.0. European Council on Foreign Relations. November 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sweeping privatisations spark criticism
  5. ^ High stakes for China as party congress begins

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Cui.