China: Contemporary Political, Economic, and International Affairs

China: Contemporary Political, Economic, and International Affairs

by David B.H. Denoon, Michael H. Stone
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814720005

ISBN-13: 9780814720004

Pub. Date: 04/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

China’s dramatic transformation over the past fifteen years has drawn its share of attention and fear from the global community and world leaders. Far from the inward-looking days of the Cultural Revolution, modern China today is the world’s fourth largest economy, with a net product larger than that of France and the United Kingdom. And China’s

Overview

China’s dramatic transformation over the past fifteen years has drawn its share of attention and fear from the global community and world leaders. Far from the inward-looking days of the Cultural Revolution, modern China today is the world’s fourth largest economy, with a net product larger than that of France and the United Kingdom. And China’s dynamism is by no means limited to its economy: enrollments in secondary and higher education are rapidly expanding, and new means of communication are vastly increasing information available to the Chinese public. In two decades, the Chinese government has also transformed its foreign relations—Beijing is now consulted on virtually every key development within the region. However, the Communist Party of China still dominates all aspects of political life. The Politburo is still self-selecting, Beijing chooses province governors, censorship is widespread, and treatment of dissidents remains harsh.

In China, leading experts provide an overview of the region, highlighting key issues as they developed in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Edited with an introduction by David B. H. Denoon, an authority on China, this volume of articles covers recent events and key issues in understanding this growing superpower. Organized into three thematic sections—foreign policy and national security, economic policy and social issues, and domestic politics and governance—the essays cover salient topics such as China's military power, de-communization, growing economic strength, nationalism, and the possibility for democracy. The volume also contains current maps as well as a “Recent Chronology of Events” which provides a decade's worth of information on the region, organized by year and by country.

Contributors: Liu Binyan, David B.H. Denoon, Bruce J. Dickson, June Teufel Dreyer, Michael Dutton, Elizabeth Economy, Barry Eichengreen, Edward Friedman, Dru C. Gladney, Paul H. B. Godwin, Merle Goldman, Richard Madsen, Barry Naughton, Lucian W. Pye, Tony Saich, David Shambaugh, Robert Sutter, Michael D. Swaine, and Tyrene White.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814720004
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Current History Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
245
Sales rank:
336,193
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
David B. H. Denoon
Part I
1. The People’s Army: Serving Whose Interests?
June Teufel Dreyer
2. Uncertainty, Insecurity, and China’s Military Power
Paul H. B. Godwin
3. Does China Have a Grand Strategy?
Michael D. Swaine
4. Sino-American Relations since September 11: Can the New Stability Last?
David Shambaugh
5. Asia in the Balance: America and China’s “Peaceful Rise”
Robert Sutter
Part II
6. The Long March from Mao: China’s De-Communization
Liu Binyan
7. China’s North-South Split and the Forces of Disintegration
Edward Friedman
8. The Dangers of Economic Complacency
Barry Naughton
9. Rumblings from the Uyghur
Dru C. Gladney
10. Beijing’s Ambivalent Reformers
Bruce J. Dickson
11. China’s New Exchange Rate Regime
Barry Eichengreen
Part III
12. Is Democracy Possible?
Merle Goldman
13. The Leader in the Shadows
Lucian W. Pye
14. Village Elections: Democracy from the Bottom Up?
Tyrene White
15. An All-Consuming Nationalism
Michael Dutton
16. Understanding Falun Gong
Richard Madsen
17. China’s New Leadership
Tony Saich
18. China’s Environmental Challenge
Elizabeth Economy
Chronology of Recent Events
About the Contributors

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