Over the past three decades, China’s economic structure, direction and international presence have undergone a dramatic transformation. This rapid rise and China’s enormous success in economic terms has created new challenges, and this book examines how the Chinese economy can continue to flourish, whilst at the same time protecting the environment and giving people more equal access to the benefits of the country’s economic development.
Examining the key issues surrounding China's continued sustainable development, in economic, political, social and more traditional environmental terms, this book assesses the costs of China's rapid development to date and in turn asks whether this can be maintained. The contributors show that the idea of sustainable development must take into account more than just the physical environment, and that there are additional problems relating to the sustainability of China’s economic growth that are much more complicated. Divided into two broad sections, the book looks first at the broader issues of sustainability in China, before turning to the more classic idea of sustainability, that of the environment. In doing so, the contributors show that sustainability is a far more complex phenomenon than is often assumed, and that economic and social sustainability are inherently linked to linked to environmental sustainability.
Dealing with what are arguably the greatest challenges facing China today, this book will be will be of great interests to students and scholars of Chinese studies, Chinese economics and Chinese politics, as well as those interested in development studies and sustainable development more broadly.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Curtis Andressen Part 1: Sustainability of Chinese Society 2. Sustaining the Dragon: International Relations Theory and the Rise of China, Martin Griffiths 3. Unsustainable Economic Interdependence: Two Asia-Pacific Examples, Richard Leaver 4. China’s Cities: Reflecting on the Last 25 years, Dean Forbes 5. Social Security for an Aging Society: The Experience of Australia and China, Andrew Watson 6. Education and Change in China Today, Zhou Guan Qi and Curtis Andressen 7. Sustainable Development and Health Care Reform in China, Shen Yajun and Arthur Van Deth 8. Malpractice of Chinese News Media: Grassroots Professionals Trapped in Three Paradoxes, Xie Baohui and Mobo Gao 9. Building the Micro-Foundation of China's Sustainable Economic Development: Share-holder Oriented Corporate Governance Reform & the Performance of Chinese Publicly Traded Companies, Yang Dian Part 2: Sustainability of the Environment in China 10. Sustainable Development - A Way Forward or an Illusion? Don Clifton 11. Developing Sustainable Societies: Challenges and Perspectives, Simon Marsden 12. Addressing Climate Change in China: Challenges and Opportunities, Wang Mou, Jiahua Pan and Ruiying Zhang 13. How Climage Change Affected the Herders’ Livelihood in a Semi-arid Pastoral Community, Wang Xiaoyi and Zhang Qian 14. English for Environmental Protection in China, Jeffrey Gil and Han Lin 15. Conclusion, Wang Xiaoyi
Curtis Andressen is Associate Professor at Flinders University, Australia.
Mubarak A.R. is Senior Lecturer at Flinders University, Australia.
Xiaoyi Wang is Professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China.