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China: A Guide to Economic and Political Developments / Edition 1

China: A Guide to Economic and Political Developments / Edition 1

by Ian Jeffries


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China: A Guide to Economic and Political Developments / Edition 1

There is currently widespread interest in the Chinese economy, due to its huge and rapid growth, and the consequent impact on world business and the world economy. At the same time, there are concerns about China's political system, China's human rights record and the degree to which reform - the development of 'socialism with Chinese characteristics' - represent real liberalization.

Providing an overview of earlier events in order to set the context in which economic and political development have taken place, the book traces economic and political growth in China from the early 1990s to the present. Covering Hong Kong, Macao, Tibet and Taiwan, the book discusses China's relations, including international trade with its neighbours and with the international community more widely. Other key topics covered include the growth of the market, the reform of state owned enterprises, human rights and SARS.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415382236
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/25/2006
Series: Guides to Economic and Political Developments in Asia Series
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ian Jeffries is Reader in Economics and a member of the Centre of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Wales Swamsea. He is one of the foremost authorities on the post-communist world and has written extensively on communist and transitional economies. His publications include A Guide to the Socialist Economies (Routledge, 1990), Socialist Economies and the Transition to the Market (Routledge, 1993) and The Countries of the Former Soviet Union at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century: The Baltic and European States in Transition (2004, the last of a five-volume series written by the author for Routledge).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
China: a summary     3
Population     3
Chinese civilization     9
Communist China     12
Deng Xiaoping     14
China after Deng Xiaoping     16
Economic reforms     20
Politics     26
China and Taiwan     26
The regaining of sovereignty over Hong Kong on 1 July 1997 and Macao on 20 December 1999     76
Tibet     108
Inner Mongolia     110
Uighurs     111
Human rights     116
SARS     160
Bird flu     175
AIDS     225
Pig disease     229
Direct elections at the local level     230
Political developments, congresses and Central Committee sessions since March 1993     240
The economy     375
Introduction     375
Agriculture     377
The market gradually replacing central planning     402
The reform of state industrial enterprises     441
The non-state, non-agricultural sectors     507
The 'open-door' policy     516
Economic performance     616
Postscript     641
Political developments     641
Economic developments     651
Bibliography     658
Index     668

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