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The China handbook
Hudson, Christopher.
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Chicago : Glenlake Publishing ; New York : Amacom, [2000]

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vii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
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HC427.92 .C566 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This series examines key issues affecting the economic growth of developing regions throughout the world and is designed to help business managers, researchers, and market specialists understand a variety of complex factors -- social and political.China is unique among emerging economies and markets. It has achieved vast political and economic clout over the last 20 years, and yet it remains, in many ways, a "developing" economy. This comprehensive book provides detailed insights into China's complex system: a unique blend of free-market with socialist policies. The China Handbook helps readers understand why China has become one of the largest trading partners of the United States -- and how to take full advantage of what this singular country has to offer.

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Readers wishing to get a handle on the Byzantine complexities of China's much debated rush toward economic development since the late 1970s would be well advised to consult this volume. Compressing the topic into four broad categories--history, regional context, political economy, and social overhead costs--the volume comprises 21 substantial articles by recognized authorities on contemporary China. Considering its production quality, consistent readability, and reasonable price, it is as close to a Baedeker guidebook as a general Western audience is apt to acquire these days. Commencing with obligatory historical analyses of the PRC under Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, the book next examines China's rapid forging of closer links with Hong Kong, Taiwan, and wider East and Southeast Asian realms. The volume's largest segment zeroes in on macroeconomic issues--planning versus the market, urban-rural distinctions, public-private divergences--but (laudably) wrestles with an array of major financial, environmental, and legal dilemmas usually accorded scant attention in global media. The same can be said for concluding chapters on the PRC's often neglected social quandaries, including labor relations, demographic policy, educational reforms, and nationality and social welfare issues. Such comprehensiveness sets this work apart as a timely, sensitive assessment of perhaps the most rapid, unsettling, and portentous transformation in recent history. All levels. R. P. Gardella; United States Merchant Marine Academy