The People's Republic of China Today: Internal and External Challenges

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Despite the significant progress it has achieved, China faces daunting challenges today. These challenges include a rigid political system, uneven economic growth, a graying population, environmental degradation, ethnic tensions, potential social instability, and a poor international image, among others. This book aims to make a significant contribution to the understanding of key challenges China faces today as it strives to become a global power. Contributed by scholars and experts in political science, international relations, economics, public administration, history, mass communication, psychology, and diplomacy, the book focuses on the efforts needed by China to grow in a sustainable manner and become a respected global power.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789814313506
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations ix

Notes on the Editor and Contributors xiii

Foreword Delving Into the Challenges Confronting China David M. Lampton xxi

Introduction The People's Republic of China Today Zhiqun Zhu 1

Part I Political Changes and Democratization 25

Chapter 1 China's Leadership Succession and Change Weixing Chen 27

Chapter 2 A Tragic Miscarriage: How China's Quest for Political Reform is Undercut by the China Model Yawei Liu 45

Chapter 3 Concluding the Complex Learning Process: The Chinese Elites' Acceptance of Outward-Oriented Development Lawrence C. Reardon 71

Chapter 4 Political Accountability in Governance: An Informative Appraisal of China's Political Change Yuchao Zhu 99

Chapter 5 Liberalism and Its Impact on China's Reform He Li 125

Part II Economic and Social Challenges 153

Chapter 6 China's Demographic Dividends: Past Gains and Future Pains Ding Lu 155

Chapter 7 Smashing the Iron Rice Bowls: Severing Ties Between the Chinese State and Socialist Workers Jin Zeng 179

Chapter 8 Developing a PAYGO Social Security System in China: Retrospect and Prospect Lin Ye 199

Chapter 9 An Unprecedented Challenge: Can the Internet be Successfully Controlled? Junhao Hong 213

Chapter 10 Spiritual Beliefs and Ethnic Relations in China: A Cross-Cultural and Social Psychological Perspective Yueh-Ting Lee Hong Li 239

Chapter 11 Tourism, Modernization, and Nation-Building: The Case of the Yangzi Delta Cecilia L.F. Chien 259

Part III Challenges in Foreign, Security, and Military Policies 289

Chapter 12 China's Public Diplomacy in a New Era Zhaoying Han 291

Chapter 13 Foreign Publicity with Weak Political Credibility: A Case Study of Beijing's Foreign Publicity Over the Tibet Riots Sheng Ding 311

Chapter 14 China's Search for Energy and Climate Security in an Interdependent World Jean Garrison 331

Chapter 15 The Coming of a Prosperous China with Strong Military Power David Lai 357

Chapter 16 Extended Horizon: China's Blue-Water Navy Ambition and Its Implications Qiang Xin 385

Chapter 17 Alternative Perspectives on US-China Relations Eric Hyer 405

Conclusion: Whither China in the 21st Century? Zhiqun Zhu 429

Index 441

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