Guangxi & China’s Gilded Age

A book review of “Red Roulette” by Desmond Shum




Desmond Shum’s Red Roulette is an important book to understand the political imperatives that have shaped China’s return to ideology under Xi Jinping. Shum’s is an autobiographical account of the political economy of China, where business success is closely linked to one’s political connections and the effective management of a web of relations. While the players and the terms of discourse may evolve, the game is always the same.


Xi Jinping, Desmond Shum, Communist Party of China, Corruption, Beijing Capital Airport, Wen Jiabao


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Author Bio

Manoj Kewalramani, Takshashila Institution

Manoj Kewalramani is Fellow-China Studies and the Chairperson of the Indo-Pacific Studies Programme at the Takshashila Institution. He is also a Senior Associate (Non-resident), Freeman Chair in China Studies, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.