European business leader Joerg Wuttke believes leadership is becoming less curious and eager to learn from the West
South China Morning Post
Date: 12 June, 2017
By: Wendy Wu
Joerg Wuttke, former president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, has seen first-hand the dramatic change in mainland society over the past three decades.
“China is now very different from decades ago. When I first came here in the early 1980s, I noticed huge curiosity and eagerness to learn and to open up. But now China is far more globally engaged but far more closed up,” he told the South China Morning Post.
Wuttke added that today’s leadership was more insecure about opening up to foreign ideas despite increasing wealth on the mainland.
“China’s current leaders are quite different from their predecessors. Even if they look far more secure in office, more powerful and the country is much wealthier, it seems they have a stronger sense of insecurity – lashing out at criticism, cutting off ideas and challenging foreign non-government organisations,” Wuttke said. [FULL STORY]