Posted on August 31, 2020 at 4:50 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A French economist says he won’t cut parts of his latest book — meaning it likely won’t make it to Chinese bookshelves.

Thomas Piketty told the Guardian that Chinese publishing company Citic Press had sent a list of material for both the French and English editions of Capital and Ideology that would have to be cut, in order for it to be published in China.

The lists, he said, focused heavily on parts of the text that dealt with inequality and opacity in China — and he will only accept a complete translation of his work.

Citic told a Chinese newspaper, however, that negotiations were still under way.

While media censorship is certainly not unusual in China, this particular instance has caught attention because Chinese President Xi Jinping has previously praised the author.

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