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Opinion: Chinese Manufacturing Needs Support, Not Smothering

By William Zarit

The last few years have witnessed a resurgence in the popularity of “industrial policy” — the idea that national governments should direct the development of certain industries, especially in manufacturing. Germany has proposed its “Industry 4.0” plan; Britain’s prime minister promised to deliver “a proper industrial strategy” in the wake of the Brexit vote; and now the European Council has called for the EU “to provide a holistic EU industrial policy strategy” by 2018.

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