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Memos on Pudong

I warned you about prattling on to the Shanghai people and to your central area

government colleagues in Beijing about your term “World-Class City” for the

Pudong area, across the river from Shanghai. Now they tell you they’ve decided

to do it, to build Pudong, but they want you to tell them, first, what a world-class

city is. Remember, you promised them a world-class city, not me. Are you sure

they’re not just pulling your leg when they ask, “What is a world-class city?”