The Last Contract

In the spring of 1986, I talked with Andrew in his bungalow at the Mandarin Hotel near the Huli District of Xiamen’s Special Economic Zone. It’s a place Andrew characterized as having been a five-start hotel before the Hong Kong management pulled out, but now in decided decline. Andrew’s living room was bare except for the furniture and packing crates. He was a good-looking Briton in his late thirties, an executive who gave me an immediate impression of competence, assertiveness and general goodwill toward others. He spoke in a dry, clipped, very articulate manner.

Andrew’s story

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