Walden Bello Interview with IFG's Dale Wen: “China Needs an Ecologized Social Democratic System.”
Thursday, 30 November 2006
By Walden Bello*
Dale Wen's short book China Copes with Globalization: a Mixed Review, published by the International Forum on Globalization, is probably the best comprehensive introduction to the environmental and social impacts of China's breakneck industrialization available in English (http://www.ifg.org/) Based on both Chinese and non-Chinese sources, the report carefully reviews China's economic policies from Mao to the present leadership, discusses the consequences of the economics of the reform era from 1978-92, analyzes the globalization of the economy since 1992, and surveys the alternative voices in the Chinese scene, including the environmental movement and the "New Left."
Born and raised in China, Dale obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in Anhui province and her PhD from the California Institute of Technology. Currently an associate of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), she worked in Silicon Valley's high tech industry before moving to non-profit work. Her writings on China's development and environment have appeared in a number of publications. She travels frequently to China, where she maintains close ties with China's emerging civil society.