Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Credit: Science Photo Library - PASIEKA via Getty Listen to SupChina editor-at-large and Sinica podcast host Kaiser Kuo read this article. In June of 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to The Hague to celebrate ‘global entrepreneurship.’ At a summit co-hosted by the United States and the Netherlands, Pompeo looked relaxed and jovial in a lime green tie as he addressed the assembled business community. He extolled the virtues of free markets, lauded the audience for their innovation, and — in a line that received tepid applause — implored them to “make entrepreneurship great again.” “In parts of this world, authoritarian states can steal ideas and they can prop up their own business and their own business enterprises,” Pompeo said, “but you should know that they will never in the end match the entrepreneurship and innovation found in free and open societies because their incentives are just all messed up.” For those in the audience, it was clear that Pompeo was talking about the Subscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.