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Overview

Home to the world's oldest continuous civilization and the largest population, China has been a communist country since the end of World War II. But since the late 1970s, the country has experienced profound change. Its developing market economy stands as the fastest-growing in the world, and hundreds of millions of its citizens have gained a higher standard of living. This rapid growth has resulted in an emerging middle class whose spending power has redefined the Chinese market. After 30 years of economic reforms, what were once Luxuries are now seen as rights by the younger Chinese, some of whom are calling for increased freedoms from the communist government. In this new edition of China, learn how the economic changes have started to inspire change in other areas of Chinese life and read about recent events, such as the Beijing Olympics, the May 2008 earthquake that killed an estimated 80,000 citizens, and the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604136210
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Modern World Nations Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introducing China 8

2 Physical Landscapes 15

3 China Through the Centuries 34

4 People and Culture 51

5 Government and Politics 65

6 China's Economy 74

7 Regional Contrasts 96

8 China Looks Ahead 111

Facts at a Glance 116

History at a Glance 120

Bibliography 124

Further Reading 126

Index 128

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