China

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China is one of the world's most rapidly changing nations. A Communist state since 1949, the country modernized slowly until the late 1970s. From the 1980s, China's economic development progressed quickly, and by 2000 it had become a major economic power. Its new position in the world presents a great challenge for the country's rulers. There is a growing gulf between the people who are benefiting from good jobs in new industries and a higher standard of living, and those who remain poor. Also, the economic ...
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Overview

China is one of the world's most rapidly changing nations. A Communist state since 1949, the country modernized slowly until the late 1970s. From the 1980s, China's economic development progressed quickly, and by 2000 it had become a major economic power. Its new position in the world presents a great challenge for the country's rulers. There is a growing gulf between the people who are benefiting from good jobs in new industries and a higher standard of living, and those who remain poor. Also, the economic reforms have not been matched by political reform - the Chinese people lack many basic freedoms.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Dr. Jen Green gives some background about the history and recent economic, political and social changes in China in this new entry to the "Changing World" series that examines developing countries. The book offers basic information about China's geography, climate and early history, covering topics ranging from early Chinese dynasties to the Cultural Revolution to China's hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Much of the text is augmented with sidebars containing statistics and facts on China's labor force, infrastructure and major export partners, taken mostly from the 2008 CIA Factbook. For all the information she provides, however, Green neglects to include certain key statistics—particularly figures indicating how much money China has been lending the United States and other countries for the past several years. According to a December 2008 article published in The Atlantic, for example, one reporter estimates that the U.S. alone will owe China almost 2 trillion dollars by the time Barrack Obama takes office. As this debt will undoubtedly greatly affect the next generation of U.S. citizens—not to mention the other countries China has been establishing trade relations with—such statistics would be vital in a book intended for schoolchildren. Ultimately, while this book might serve as a useful tool in educating children about certain aspects of China, it will not adequately prepare them to understand the economic role China will most likely play in their generation. Reviewer: Michael Jung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426305696
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Series: National Geographic Countries of the World Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 823,997
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jen Green is a prolific children's author with more than 150 titles to her credit. She has written on subjects from art to natural history.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
History     10
Economic Change     16
Social Changes     24
Political Changes     30
Changing Relationships     34
Environmental Changes     38
Future Challenges     42
Timeline     44
Glossary     44
Further information     45
Index     46
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