1st Edition

China as the World Factory

Edited By Kevin H. Zhang Copyright 2006
    302 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Few countries have integrated into the world economy as fast – or as dramatically – as China has since 1978. The world’s most populous country is emerging as a world workshop and export machine: a visit to a department store in any country will unearth a plethora of goods manufactured in the People’s Republic. China is now the world’s fourth largest exporting nation.  In this important book, Kevin Zhang brings together an international team of contributors to analyze this development process. Taking a thematic approach, the book covers:

    * manufacturing exports and the world workshop
    * foreign capital and china’s industrial development
    * challenges from the WTO and openness.

    This topical analysis will be an excellent resource for postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of Asian and Chinese studies, export studies, and economics.

    Part 1: Export Competitiveness  1. China’s Foreign Trade and Export Boom: 1978-2004  2. The Pearl Rive Delta - A World Workshop  3. Developing Global Competitiveness: The Case of Haier Group  4. Cheap Labor and China’s Export Capacity  Part 2: FDI, Trade, and Industrial Development  5. Made by Taiwan but Made in Mainland China: The Case of IT Industry  6. Japanese FDI in China: Trend, Structure, and Exchange Rates  7. Foreign Competition and Productivity of Chinese Firms  8. The Role of FDI in China’s Export Performance  Part 3: WTO, Exchange Rates, and Labor Markets  9. China’s Increasing Openness: Threat or Opportunity?10 .China’s Position and Role in WTO  11. Policy Traps and the Linkage between China’s Financial and Foreign Exchange Systems  12. FDI and Labor Reforms in Guangdong Province  Part 4: Concluding Remarks  13. Is China the World Factory?



    Kevin H. Zhang