Wall Street Journal
'The mentality of governing by approvals hasn’t completely shifted,' says Charles Horne, research manager at China Policy, a research and advisory firm. 'But you have a lot of positive inducements, including Wu Hai’s letter.' As he built his hotel business, Mr. Wu grew increasingly frustrated with local officials. He said it was common practice for government individuals to pop by his hotels before big holidays and subtly remind hotel managers that a gift would be appreciated. 'You definitely can turn them down, but they won’t make your life easier,' he said.