China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible Trends Reshaping China and its Relationship with the World
An in-depth look at the forces and trends changing China and its place in the world
China has dominated the news for nearly a decade and will continue to grab headlines as it moves inexorably toward becoming the world's largest economy. It already has the largest middle class in the world; the most Internet users; the largest army; and is the world's largest polluter. Yet all this growth causes problems as China adapts to the laws of other lands in which it has investments; learns how to meet international guidelines and safety standards for its products; stretches its resources to the limit; and struggles to maintain stability and control over an increasingly restive population.
China Inside Out explores the social and economic forces unleashed by China's relentless drive to modernization. Bill Dodson presents the stories of average Chinese workers, along with interviews with experts interlaced with his own experiences. The end result is an insider's view of the forces reshaping China as it takes an increasingly prominent role in the new world order.
- Looks at the trends reshaping China and reveals how China's place in the world is evolving
- Written by an industry analyst, advisor, and business manager in China, who is also a columnist for the China Economic Review
- Explains important changes for investors and business leaders interested in China
For business leaders, investors, and China watchers, China Inside Out offers a truly in-depth examination of China's changing role in the world.
Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgements Foreword CHAPTER 1 - The Rise of Generation W(eb) HUMAN FLESH SEARCHES “THIS POST DOES NOT EXIST” THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE ONLINE THE GRASS-MUD HORSE STRIKES BACK WHEN NETWORKING BECOMES THE RAGE END NOTES CHAPTER 2 - The Anxious Class PROPERTY RIGHTS AND WRONGS UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND PRECARIOUS HEALTH CARE HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER END NOTES CHAPTER 3 - A Tale of Two Countries
forceful interests that sometimes operate counter to the interests of others in the group; including the two most visible posts: the president and the premier, held by Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao in 2010, respectively. The apparatus is actually the most liberal in Chinese history, though, underscored by Jiang Zemin voluntarily stepping down as CCP general secretary and president in 2002-03, the first time a leader in China and in any large communist country gave up power without fighting to remain
intersections of the trends eventually brought me to three important conclusions about China’s development and the challenges confronting her. First, the advancement of China’s economic and social agenda is far more dependent on the stress released from friction between divisions in society than to the heavy hand of authoritarian self-styled genius. As British historian Edward Hallett Carr wrote in his book, What is History?, “History is, to a considerable extent, a matter of numbers.” Players
quickly than local habits and government policy can keep up. Factories in China are also to blame for the extraordinary waste of water during their manufacturing processes. Only 15 percent of Chinese companies recycle their water, compared with 85 percent in developed countries, according to Probe International.43 For every US$4 of economic output the country produces, factories and farms use one cubic meter of water, nearly three times the world average. Actually, most of the water upon which
BBS that referred to the group, as well as to Taiwan and democracy movements. By 2002, the government had reached a major milestone in implementation of its Golden Shield project, which it had launched in 1998. The initiative was meant to create an information and civil-service infrastructure that would systematically filter any content that authorities considered socially or politically unacceptable. “The Great Firewall of China”—a reference to the expansive and ineffective efforts of ancient