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Critical Issues in Contemporary China

Edited by Czeslaw Tubilewicz

© 2007 – Routledge

272 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This informative and up-to-date text takes a multidisciplinary approach in examining contemporary China. It provides students with a comprehensive analysis of a number of the social, political and economic problems that China faces as it enters the twenty-first century. The chapters cover key issues including:

  • critical developments in Chinese politics
  • uneven economic development
  • privatization in China
  • environmental problems
  • demography and food production
  • ethnic minorities
  • cross-strait relations
  • socio-cultural issues.

Critical Issues in Contemporary China reflects the many recent reforms in China and will equip the undergraduate with the analytical skills they need to study the critical issues surrounding China from contending perspectives.


'This collection adds meaning to the study of contemporary China. It is an essential companion to the standard textbooks for the survey courses. I would go even further and seriously consider it as an alternative text.' - Robert Benewick, University of Sussex, UK

‘China’s widely reported economic success has stimulated a wide-ranging and increasingly contentious debate in both the academic and popular literature…Professor Tubilewicz’s volume provides the necessary information for undergraduates to understand the debate and to learn how to ask the right questions. Written in very clear and accessible language, it should provoke lively class discussions over the challenges China faces during the first part of the 21st century.’ - Stanley Rosen, University of Southern California, USA

‘This is a timely addition to the literature on China's current societal stresses and challenges…[The book] is a highly useful, well-crafted survey of the progress and pitfalls of China's "peaceful rise."’ - Richard Baum, UCLA, USA

'Critical Issues in Contemporary China provides a timely reminder of the many issues facing China’s leaders today.' - John P. Burns, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Table of Contents

1.Stability, Development and Unity in Contemporary China Czeslaw Tubilewicz 2. Critical Developments in Chinese Politics Ng Ka Po 3. Privatisation in China Bennis So Wai Yip 4. Uneven Economic Development Wang Shaoguang 5. China’s Environmental Problems Richard Edmonds 6. Population Change and Food Security in China Robert Ash 7. Ethnic Minorities Colin Mackerras 8. Critical Social Issues Colin Mackerras 9. Cross-Strait Relations and China's Reunification Prospects Czeslaw Tubilewicz

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General