China’s role in global events today cannot be overestimated.
This book provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of contemporary political developments in China. Key topics covered include: China's international relations with its neighbours and with the international community more widely; demographic developments; Taiwan; Macao and Hong Kong, Tibet, Uighurs; human rights, health issues (including bird flu); food contamination and defective goods; and a chronology of political developments, congresses and Central Committee sessions since May 2006; the earthquake of 12 May 2008 and the 2008 Olympic Games.
The book continues - and adds to – the overview of developments up to May 2006 which were covered in the author’s China: A Guide to Economic and Political Developments (2006), and is the companion volume to Economic Developments in Contemporary China: A Guide (2010) - both published by Routledge.
Praise for Ian Jeffries' China: A Guide to Economic and Political Developments (2006):
"This book is highly useful not only to casual China watchers […] but also to researchers and academics […] an engrossing guide." - Marc Lanteigne, International Affairs
Demographic, Historical and Political Background: China and Taiwan (A Chronology of Events since 4 May 2006). The Regaining of Sovereignty over Hong Kong on 1 July 1997(A Chronology of Political Events since 1 July 2006) and Macao on 20 December 1999 (And Later Developments). Tibet (Background and a Chronology of Events since May 1995). Uighurs (Background and a Chronology of Events since 9 May 2006, Including the Violent Demonstrations of July 2009). Human Rights: General Aspects; A cCronology of Developments since 16 May 2006); Religion (A Chronology of Developments since 3 May 2006); The Internet and Mobile Phones; Study Abroad. SARS and EV71 (Developments since February 2007). Bird flu (Developments since Late 2005). AIDS (Developments since Late 2006). Pig Disease (Developments since May 2007). Swine Flu. Pneumonic Plague. Food Contamination and Defective Goods. Direct Elections at the Local Level (Developments since July 2007). A Chronology of Political Developments, Congresses and Central Committee Sessions since May 2006 (Including the Earthquake of 12 May 2008 and the Olympic Games)