Laurence Brahm described China's reforms as "fusion economics" referring to Premier Zhu Rongji's unabashed combination of both planning and market in achieving pragmatic economic results. Brahm presented the idea of China having its own fusion economics model in a full page article published in Hong Kong's left newspaper Ta Kung Pao which explained the mechanics of Zhu Rongji's approach. Brahm articulated China's reforms as "managed marketization" to describe the use of administrative planning to push the old socialist system toward a socialist market, and coined the term "sequencing" to more clearly describe Deng Xiaoping's concept of "crossing the river one step at a time". The "sequencing" approach is totally counter-intuitive to the neo-liberal "shock therapy" approach that has failed in so many transitional economies.
In 1996 Brahm predicted China's rise to become the largest economy in the world in the book "China as No. 1". In 2014 the World Bank announced that China had achieved the status of the largest consumer economy surpassing the USA. In 2001 Brahm authored "China's Century" predicting the rise of China as a super economy. Premier Zhu Rongji personally authored the preface. In 2002 Brahm authored "Zhu Rongji: The Transformation of Modern China" which provides unique personal insight into the behind-the-scenes decision-making process during China's critical reform years, that Brahm was both witness and a part of.