New York-born banker and author has an insider's understanding
Robert Lawrence Kuhn says the West often doesn't understand the Chinese leadership's key priorities for China. The 67-year-old American is seen by many as one of the few figures outside the world's second-largest economy who actually does.
He is regarded as a knowledgeable insider, having been an adviser to a number of leading Chinese bodies since the late-1980s and knowing many of the country's top political figures personally.
"There is rarely alignment between what topics China's leaders think are important about China and what the world thinks," says Kuhn, also an international corporate strategist and investment banker. "Understanding China requires knowing the difference."
He was speaking recently in the five-star Grand Hyatt hotel in central Beijing, which is his home for 90 days a year. He divides the rest of his time between his three homes in the United States and traveling elsewhere.
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