Justin Lin

He has been named the new chief economist at the World Bank.  Wikipedia claims he left his wife and family behind in Taiwan to defect to mainland China.  He even swam across some ocean to do so.  It seems to be true.

Why would I not pick this man?  But at least one smart person who knows Lin is very happy.  Here are some of Lin’s articles, including a well-cited piece for Cato Journal.  Here is his CV.  He must be very adept at dealing with bureaucracy.

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He left his wife and child, as in abandoned them? Whatever happened to his family, then?

Some videos and publications of him from World Bank
http://bayesianheresy.blogspot.com/2008/01/taiwan-born-justin-yifu-lin-to-be-world.html

http://bayesianheresy.blogspot.com/2008/01/economist-who-swarm-from-democracy-to.html

The distance swum would have been a few kilometers at most (presumably between Lesser Jinmen island and the mainland-controlled Xiamen island). Doable for a strong swimmer, but you'd have to hope you calculated the tides and ocean currents right. Swimming from Taiwan island itself to the mainland is of course outright impossible (a couple hundred kilometers at the very least).

Today you can take a ferry.

Actually, 1979 was an exciting time to live in Taiwan. Carter had just broken diplomatic relations (Dec. '78) and beginning 1/1/79, Taiwanese were free for the first time in history to travel abroad for any reason, no the phony "business" reasons required to secure an exit visa. Thousands did exactly that, armed with shopping lists of countries they were considering moving to, or failing that, price lists for passports (primarily issued by Latin American nations). True, the election campaign going on when Carter broke relations was suspended, but the genie was already out of the bottle by that time and an amazing amount of hitherto unheard of criticism was published and passed around at hitherto unheard of large-scale opposition meetings.

While all this was going on, Captain Justin Lin defected to China by swimming from Jinmen (Quemoy) to Xiamen. And the People's Republic of China quite uncharacteristically silently welcomed him. Then they graciously sent him to an elite college in Beijing and after that one of the most elite graduate schools in the world. Lucky man, that Justin Lin.

Reads like The Manchurian Candidate II.
How long before the conspiracy stories comes out?

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The election campaign going on when Carter broke relations was suspended, but the genie was already out of the bottle by that time and an amazing amount of hitherto unheard of criticism was published and passed around at hitherto unheard of large-scale opposition meetings.

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