The Emergence of Modern China

The Emergence of Modern China

Jean-Luc Domenach

Language: English

Pages: 285

ISBN: 2:00160830

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Columbia University Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
Based on his experience as a scholar and diplomat stationed in China, Jean-Luc Domenach consults a wealth of archival and recent materials to examine China's contemporary and future place in the world. A sympathetic yet critical observer, Domenach brings his intimate knowledge of the country to bear on a range of critical issues, such as the growth (or deterioration) of China's economy, the government's ever-delayed democratization, the potential outcomes of a national political crisis, and the possible escalation of a revamped authoritarianism. Domenach ultimately reads China's current progress as a set of easy accomplishments presaging a more difficult era of development to come. His finely nuanced analysis captures the difficult decisions now confronting China's elite, who are under tremendous pressure to support an economy based on innovation and consumption, establish a political system based on law and popular participation, rethink their national identity and spatial organization, and define a more positive approach to the world's problems. These leaders are also besieged by corruption among their ranks, an increasingly restless urban population, and a sharp decline in the country's demographic growth. Domenach uniquely taps into these anxieties and the attempt to alleviate them, revealing a China much less confident and secure than many would believe.
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Title The Emergence of Modern China
Author Jean-Luc Domenach
Publisher Columbia University Press, 2012
ISBN 0231526458, 9780231526456
Length 192 pages
Subjects Political Science › World › Asian

Business & Economics / Economic Conditions
Political Science / World / Asian
Social Science / Sociology / General













most impressive thing is what is supposed to be coming. Most observers believe that Chinese growth will continue at a sustained pace for a substantial period of time, which would turn the gradual emergence of the country into a veritable landslide and shift the center of the world economy to the Far East. This simultaneously optimistic and catastrophic prediction is justified by some or all of the following arguments: China has a huge population, which provides it both with a low-cost “reserve

miserable or unpaid wages, 64 counterfeit goods, corruption and bribery, forced eviction of residents, and so on. At first they tried to conceal these blots, but that was futile, because entry into the world market necessarily involved a massive presence of the foreign press. Then, beginning in 2004 and 2005, they undertook a second operation consisting of reducing these blemishes, first in large cities and then gradually in the rest of the country. Slums were removed from downtowns, then the

this area have provoked legitimate anger around the world. But they should not mask the real situation, which Erik Izraëlewicz defines accurately: “Chinese high tech is neither high nor Chinese.”33 To begin with, the general technological level is still low. In addition, copying itself is an obvious sign of backwardness, and while the Chinese are striving to copy, Western research is moving forward. The Case of Education and Research This situation is no doubt temporary; in principle, there is

main principles of the rules of the road: right of way, signaling, parking. But this indiscipline is not entirely lawless. It adheres to a few principles, just as the indiscipline of rural communities with respect to birth control obeys customary principles that favor large families and male children. In cities, the three principles of indiscipline on the 126 road are priority to the largest vehicles, to those already engaged in a maneuver, and to cars driven by residents of the area. Insofar

educational level and increasing concern with the economy are unquestionably positive elements. Engineering education was preferred during the first two decades of economic growth. It seems that legal degrees are favored today, which fits with recent attention paid to social questions: most new entrants into the Politburo have law degrees, including Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang, between whom the succession to Hu Jintao will be settled.10 However, for them as for most other officials, their time in

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