Critical Issues in Contemporary China: Unity, Stability and Development comprehensively examines key problems crucial to understanding modern-day China.
Organized around three interrelated themes of unity, stability and development, each chapter explores distinct issues and debate their significance for China domestically and for Beijing’s engagement with the wider world. While presenting contending explanatory approaches, contributors advance arguments to further critical discussion on selected topics.
Main issues analysed include:
- political change
- military transformation
- legal reforms
- economic development
- energy security
- environmental degradation
- food security and safety
- demographic trends
- migration and urbanization
- labour unrest
- health and education
- social inequalities
- ethnic conflicts
- Hong Kong’s integration
- cross-Strait relations.
Given its thorough and up-to-date assessment of major political, social and economic challenges facing China, this fully revised and substantially expanded new edition is an essential read for any student of Chinese Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Muddling Authoritarianism, Czeslaw Tubilewicz
2. The Chinese Communist Party’s Evolution, Kerry Brown
3. Military Transformation, You Ji
4. Legal Reforms, Xiong Ping and Philip Griffith
5. Economic Development Strategy, Jane Golley
6. Energy Security, Monique Taylor
7. Environmental Degradation, Wu Fengshi and Richard L. Edmonds
8. Food Security and Safety, Zhou Guanqi
9. Demographic Trends, Robert Ash
10. Migration and Urbanisation, Tan Yan
11. Inequality of Opportunities, Kong Tao, Jane Golley and Dong Lu
12. The New Labour Movement, Parry Leung
13. Social Change, Li Yinan and Colin Mackerras
14. Ethnic Minorities, Colin Mackerras
15. Hong Kong’s Integration, Alvin Y. So
16. Cross-Strait Unification Strategies, Czeslaw Tubilewicz
Czeslaw Tubilewicz is a senior lecturer at the School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide, Australia.