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city, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco International, Inc. It had a small operation producing Camel Filters cigarettes. They could be pur chased only with certificates of foreign ex change, not with local currency. But R. J. Reynolds was looking to a larger market. "We have hopes of producing not just Cam els," an American executive said, "but also a joint brand with China." A joint brand! That would open up all China with its billion-plus people. USINESSMEN AND LEADERS of nations, I mused, have dreams like all of us, and pursue them; they are dreams because they are uncertain, and yet sometimes they come true. The future of China's Special Economic Zones depends on many things-an end to the world reces sion, the price of oil, foreign confidence that the present course in China will continue, the skill of the present leadership in pursu ing that course.