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Average wages and salaries in Singapore match those of Japan- in other words, they are catching up with British rates; professional emoluments are higher, being related more closely to emoluments paid in Australia. In those neighbouring countries where they are a minority, the Chinese are fortunate and face only limited competition from native workers because they still tend, as they did thirty years ago, to monopolize certain sectors of the employment market. The efforts that began in colonial times, and were redoubled after decolonization, to mix the labour force have achieved little in light industry and shopkeeping generally, and especially in the tin-mining industry of Malaysia.

Michurinism lent support to Lysenko's wishful proposition that varieties of grain 'improved' by its methods would multiply the harvests, whereas those 'unleashed forces of production', frankly, had not. Could the theory not apply to human society as well as the vegetable kingdom? The intimidatory campaigns of communist rule in China, from the Land Reform to Mao's Stalinesque apotheosis in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and after, would not only liquidate the despot's past opponents and cow anybody minded to oppose him in future, but would so mould the contemporary generation's political culture that the pattern would be passed on to future generations.

Would indeed that China had an Haussmann! Do the Pekingese mind losing their antique surroundings? They dare only answer that 'it was necessary'. Socialist Transformation and Economic Miracle 21 There never was much of the antique in Hong Kong or Taipei or Singapore, and what there is in Bangkok or Djakarta is not Chinese. The quaint feature of Chinese streets that foreigners know best is the 'flowery board'- the shop sign in artistic characters and bright colours hung from upper floors at right angles to the street.

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