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Is Chinese Culture the Key to Economic Success?

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Chinese culture can contribute significantly to a country's success, according to William Ratliff, research fellow and former curator of the Americas Collection at the Hoover Institution and research fellow at the Independent Institute.

Dr. Ratliff argues that culture in general and Chinese culture in particular matter a great deal to a nation's economic and political development. He spoke about the role of culture, the resounding success of the Asian Tigers--Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan--in the latter half of the 20th century, and the unfulfilled expectations of the Arab Spring.

Dr. Ratliff has written and lectured on the politics of Asia and Latin America and how traditional cultures and institutions influence modern conditions and prospects for political and economic development. Within these regions he has focused on China, Vietnam, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Cuba, and Nicaragua. He also writes on Chinese relations with Latin America and on US foreign policy.