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.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Politics China and Taiwan. The Regaining of Sovereignty over Hong Kong on 1 July 1997 and Macao on 20 December 1999. Tibet. Uighurs. Human Rights. SARS. Bird Flu. AIDS. Pig Disease. Direct Elections at the Local Level. A Chronology of Political Developments, Congresses and Central Committee Sessions since March 1993 Part 2: The Economy Introduction. Agriculture. The Market Gradually Replacing Central Planning. The Reform of State Industrial Enterprises: The `Open-Door’ Policy. Economic Performance
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).
'This book is highly useful not only to casual China watchers interested in how major political issues have appeared and developed within the country, but also to researchers and academics interested in specifi c dates and events and their importance within the greater picture of Chinese reform, including the identification of the major actors as well as the successes and major obstacles yet to be overcome.'
- Marc Lanteigne, University of St Andrews, UK
'This comprehensive collection, the third in the series of guides by Ian Jeff ries examining political and economic evolution in Asia, chronicles the development of salient issues relating to China’s current reform era. This expansive collection of news and commentary clippings covering the period between 1993 and 2006 is first divided into sections covering politics and economics, then further divided into many subcategories on important issues facing Beijing as it continues to develop its reform policies.' - Marc Lanteigne, University of St Andrews, UK