Dispatches From China

The Kunshan Road: Part II

A “do it now” mantra, hard work, strategic planning, clear communications, focused action and willingness to take risks have put the Kunshan province in China at the top economically, but that is only half the story.

Kunshan has also been a leader in the areas of ecology, social development, education, scientific research, urban planning, architectural preservation and cultural promotion.

But, what strikes you as you walk around Kunshan are the people, the cab driver who is listening to the foreign exchange report; the communist party leader who wants to discuss detailed computer supply chain issues and current technological developments; and the planning director who is mixing her foreign educational training in urban design and development with Chinese concepts of symmetry and balance.

How many American mayors do you know who have created their supply chain strategy by ripping apart a laptop, isolating each component and telling their economic development people to recruit the leading companies who supply the parts to the area within the next year?

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