DescriptionThis comprehensive overview of the modern Chinese economy by a noted expert from China offers a quality and breadth of coverage. In this book, the author provides an introduction to China's economy since 1949 and original insights based on his own extensive research. The book sets out to analyze and compare the operational mechanisms of the Chinese economy between the pre- and post-reform periods and through national, regional and local dimensions. Both positive and negative consequences of the Chinese economic transformation have been clarified. A multiregional comparison of the Chinese economy is conducted in terms of natural and human resources, institutional evolution, as well as economic and social performances. At last, some key issues relating to the inherent operational mechanisms of and the dynamic patterns of the Chinese economy are also discussed.
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Chapter 1: A brief history of China.
The origins of the nation.
Rise and fall of the empire.
China in the new millennium.
Chapter 2: Spatial and administrative divisions.
Southern and northern parts.
Chapter 3: The foundation of the Chinese economy (I).
Land and water.
Minerals and energy resources.
Chapter 4: The foundation of the Chinese economy (II).
Labor and education.
Chapter 5: Political and economic systems.
Party versus state.
State and market.
Finance and banking.
Chapter 6: Economic growth and social justice.
Regional economic differences.
How (un)equal is the Chinese society?
Poverty and social security.
Chapter 7: International economic engagement.
China opens its door.
Foreign direct investment.
Chapter 8: Studying Chinese economics: Key issues.
Why China has a collectivistic culture.
Why China adopted a gradual economic reform.
Why the Chinese economy cannot be spatially optimized.
Why China’s long-term growth isn’t sustainable.
A historical chronology.
China’s cultural similarity with your country.