Hu Angang

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Hu Angang
胡鞍鋼
Born (1953-04-27) 27 April 1953 (age 61)
Beijing
Nationality Chinese
Alma mater Beijing University of Science and Technology
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Hu Angang (simplified Chinese: 胡鞍钢; traditional Chinese: 胡鞍鋼; pinyin: Hú Āngāng) is an economics professor at Tsinghua University.

Hu Angang was born on April 27, 1953 in Anshan, Liaoning Province, China. He is a professor in the School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University as well as Director of the Center for China Study at Tsinghua-CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences).[1]

Hu Angang received his masters degree at Beijing University of Science and Technology in 1984. He received his PhD in Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1988.[2][3]

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Hu claims that the Chinese socialist system is "superior" to other systems. In a July 2011 article for the People's Forum, Hu wrote that: "The CPC has always adhered to the mass line, rooting itself among the people in order to make democratic decisions. This is manifested in the superiority of the socialist policy-making system with Chinese characteristics. This policy-making system is based on the mass line of the Party, that is from the masses, to the masses and putting into practice what has been learned from practice."[4]

Hu is also a proponent of China's SOE system, claiming that they are the "backbone" of national growth in China. In an op-ed for the People's Daily Hu wrote: "The Western corporate culture emphasizes individualism, while the State-owned enterprise culture focuses more on harmony and collectivism. A good business model not only creates material wealth, but also creates spiritual wealth. Chinese corporate culture reflects this spiritual wealth, which in turn is a form of internal and external soft power. China, being a huge economy, needs large, internationally competitive State-owned enterprises. This is the only way that China can ensure that its enterprises enjoy a strong position amid fierce international competition."[5] This puts him at odds with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang who publicly favors reducing State intervention in the economy and has said that the Government should reduce its role in the economy even if doing so feels "like cutting one’s wrist."[6]

Hu is known in China for his strong support of socialism and the Chinese Communist Party. In July 2013 he wrote a controversial op-ed for the People's Daily stating: "Compared with the civil society in the West, the people's society is superior... it is a great made-in-China innovation in theory and practice." He went on to say that "[t]he people's society is a socialist society under the leadership of the Communist Party." [7] This drew strong criticism within China from social media sites and Chinese academics such as Yu Jianrong.

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External links[edit]

  • Hu Angang Biography [1]