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The Chinese Economy and its Challenges

Transformation of a Rising Economic Power, 1st Edition

By Charles C.L. Kwong


168 pages

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pub: 2019-12-20
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The remarkable transformation of the Chinese economy in terms of its structure and growth has drawn unprecedented attention from academics, policy makers and businessmen alike. In the past four decades, China swiftly transformed from a centrally-planned to a market-oriented economy, with an economic size just behind the US and ahead of Japan. Amid commendations for China's economic success offering valuable reform and growth lessons to other developing countries, underlying challenges have been emerging, which constitute long-term risks in shaking China's sustainable success. These challenges encompass a wide range of sectors and issues such as the rural-urban divide, state monopoly, policy loans in banking sector, lack of skilled and sophisticated workers, environmental degradation, etc.

This book unveils the risks and challenges embedded in China's spectacular economic success and demonstrates that effective handling of these challenges is vital for China to avoid falling into "middle-income trap". It is elucidated that feasible solutions are available to accommodate these risks and the clue of success lies on the willingness and ability of China's central leaders to implement further reforms. This book is a valuable reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics, public and business policy makers, who are concerned about the current status and future development of the Chinese economy.

Table of Contents


1. Transformation, Initial Success and Challenges Embedded

2. The Rural Economy: A Sector Lagging Behind

3. State-Owned Enterprises: Big and Strong?

4. The Banking Sector: Struggle between Commercial and Policy Loans

5. China and the World: A New Form of Integration

6. Population Growth and Human Capital Investment: Hindrance to Growth?

7. A Change in Development Model: A Key to Sustained Success

Conclusion: Transformation and Challenges of a Rising Economic Power: From Rapid Growth to Sustained Growth

About the Author

Charles C.L. Kwong is Dean and Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University of Hong Kong, where he concurrently serves as Director of the Public and Social Policy Research Centre. His research interest focuses on topics pertaining to institutional changes, economic development and political economy of China. He publishes widely in international journals and he is a regular media commentator on issues related to the Chinese economy.

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Routledge Contemporary China Series

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General