The Politics of Reconstruction: Song Ziwen and the National Economic Council

Margherita Zanasi

in Saving the Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226978734
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226978741 | DOI:
The Politics of Reconstruction: Song Ziwen and the National Economic Council

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This chapter describes Song Ziwen's ideas of economic modernization and shows that Wang Jingwei's and Chen Gongbo's ideas of nation building had wide resonance among most of the Nationalist civilian leaders. It explores how the political disunity of the Nanjing government and the uncertainty caused by the struggle for its leadership prevented the modernization of the state undermining their reform effort. Song adopted a new strategy to pursue reform goals and began focusing on the creation of a special economic organization. He seized the new opportunity presented by the formation of the Wang-Jiang coalition. The new National Economic Council (NEC) reflected the main ideas on which the alliance between Song and the Wang group rested. It is noted that Song's reform attempts in the years before the inauguration of the Wang-Jiang coalition testify to the wide appeal of Wang's and Chen's plan for the development of China's minzu economy.

Keywords: Song Ziwen; Wang Jingwei; Chen Gongbo; nation building; Nanjing government; National Economic Council; minzu economy; China

Chapter.  8997 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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