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Contemporary China

This is a selection of resources on Contemporary China available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet.  It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.

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Modern China: Society, culture and literature

Explore China’s transformation since 1978 through this book, which discusses the evolution of China’s demographic profile, cultural identity, marriages, its history of communism, economic reforms and more. It also highlights the social changes taking place in China as reflected in Chinese literature and media.

All rights reserved, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2019.

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China in the local and global economy: History, geography, politics and sustainability

Read about China’s transformation over the last 50 years in this book, which explores China’s historical and contemporary economic and geopolitical links to other parts of the world. The articles contributed by scholars from China, Japan and Europe also examine China’s institutions, infrastructure and demography.

All rights reserved, London; New York: Routledge, 2019.

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Governance innovation and policy change: Recalibrations of Chinese politics under Xi Jinping

Gain insights in to China’s governance and policy changes under Xi Jinping’s leadership from this book. The contributions from China specialists also discuss the impact of public participation and public opinions on the making of public policy at the local level.

All rights reserved, Lahham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2018.

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Reform and development in China: After 40 years

Develop an understanding of China’s reform and liberalisation in the political, social and economic spheres. Topics discussed in this volume include public policy satisfaction in urban China, poverty reduction strategies in rural China and the rise of green industries.

All rights reserved, Singapore: World Scientific, 2019.

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Destined for war: Can America and China escape Thucydides’s trap?

Allison examines the US-China relations through the lens of the Thucydides Trap, which refers to war breaking out when a rising power threatens to destabilise an established power. The author also documents the strides which both countries have made in the past to keep the peace and the actions needed to avoid escalating tensions in the future.

All rights reserved, Brunswick, Vic.: Scribe Publications, 2017.

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Developing China: The remarkable impact of foreign direct investment

Enright focuses on the critical role which foreign direct investment has played in the economic growth and development of China in tandem with its market liberalism policies and property rights reforms, transforming China’s once feeble economy to become the world’s second largest economy today.

All rights reserved, London; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.

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China’s contingencies and globalization

The essays in this volume provide multiple perspectives on issues such as the Chinese globalisation strategy, China’s governance policies in relation to social movements, labour protests and migrant workers and the impact of China’s religious policies on social stability.

All rights reserved, London: Routledge, 2017.

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China’s political system

This book provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of China’s political system. It discusses the influence of Chinese politics on its economic achievements and the adaptability of the Chinese political regime to changing economic, technological, social and global conditions.

All rights reserved, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

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Cracking the China conundrum: Why conventional economic wisdom is wrong

Huang attempts to set the record straight on populist views of China’s economic, political and foreign policy issues. He analyses the contributing factors for China’s national debt, trade and investment relations with the West and the prevalence of corruption which transpired during China’s pursuit of economic liberalism.

All rights reserved, New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

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Family life in China

Family life in China reveals the changing framework for family life in today’s Chinese society, discussing issues such as kinship, friendship, multigenerational family structure, ethnic diversity, courtship and marriage, parenting philosophy and intergenerational uncertainties.

All rights reserved, Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2017.

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China and India: History, culture, cooperation and competition

The essays by scholars and academicians from China and India help to paint an encompassing picture of the history, culture, political relations and economic functionalities of both countries.

All rights reserved, Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, 2016.

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China’s governance puzzle: Enabling transparency and participation in a single-party state

Read about how China’s governance reforms have led to greater government transparency and increased public participation in policymaking. Learn about the impetus behind these reforms and the scope of their significance to Chinese civil society.

All rights reserved, Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2017.

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Understanding Chinese society: Changes and transformations

Different facets of Chinese society are analysed in this book, with topics covering Chinese family and kinship, the emergence of the new middle class, consumerism, medical tourism, delayed marriage, popular culture and media in post-reform China.

All rights reserved, Singapore; New Jersey: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd, 2016.

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China-South Korea relations in the new era: Challenges and opportunities

Ye provides an analytical review of the changing dynamics in the bilateral relations between China and South Korea as seen from both historical and theoretical perspectives. He also highlights the domestic politics of both countries which have seen the involvement and influence of a more vocal citizenry on state policies.

All rights reserved, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2017.

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Japan-China relations in the modern era

Gain a deeper understanding of the past, present and projected future of China’s bilateral relations with Japan in this book. The contributions are from Japanese scholars and are valuable for researchers studying Japan-Sino relations.

All rights reserved, Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2017.

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China’s foreign aid: 60 years in retrospect

Gain insights to the evolution of China’s foreign aid policy and mechanisms over the past 60 years and learn about China’s aid to Africa, Southeast and Central Asian countries, Latin America and the Caribbean region in this book. Written by Chinese scholars, the book argues that the administration of foreign aid to other countries has enabled China to strengthen its economic and political ties with many developing countries.

All rights reserved, Singapore: Springer, 2017.

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The China challenge: Shaping the choices of a rising power

Christensen provides a new perspective on US-China relations and shows how China has become a regional leader with sufficient clout to cause instability in East Asia and to make an forceful impact on world economics, politics and security issues.

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Let 100 voices speak: How the Internet is transforming China and changing everything

Carter reveals how the Internet is enabling creative expression, social engagement and political discourse to flourish via Weibo (the Chinese version of Twitter) and the underground Internet in China.

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China: Behind the miracle

Dawra traces the success of China’s economy, which has enabled the fivefold increase in its per capita income in the three decades since Deng Xiaoping’s leadership. She also discusses the future of China’s continued growth in the light of its economic restructuring and policies supporting urbanisation, innovation in agriculture and manufacturing and the development of rural regions in central, southern and western China.

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The Internet, social media and a changing China

Gain new insights to the social media revolution which has transformed how Chinese authorities communicate with the public and enabled Chinese citizens to engage with each other, share information and express opinions in the borderless cyberspace.

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Unmade in China: The hidden truth about China’s economic miracle

Haft takes a close look at the US-China trade relationship in this book. He examines how the risks posed by the unregulated manufacturing industry in China has led to increased opportunities in the US, with China shifting from its role as an exporter of “made-in-China” products to becoming a major importer of American goods.

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China’s futures: PRC elites debate economics, politics, and foreign policy

Find out how China’s movers and shakers assess the future of China from five angles – economy, politics, communication and the Internet, foreign policy strategy and global power rivalry.

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Children in China

China’s government policies over the past decades have shaped the lives of the current generation today. Naftali explores issues such as the impact of the one-child policy and rural-urban migration trends which have impinged upon children’s education and development in both rural and city areas.

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Population in China

In recent years, China has been experiencing a decline in fertility and mortality rates and an increase in the influx of rural-urban migration. China’s decades-long population policies have impacted the gender ratio and the country has to tackle the current problems of a rapidly ageing population and the heightened inequality between rural and urban residents.

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The power of culture: Encounters between China and the United States

With contributions from mainly Chinese academics from Chinese universities and research institutes and several Western scholars, this volume explores the cultural dimensions of the Sino-American relationship alongside China’s growing international influence and power.

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China under Xi Jinping: Its economic challenges and foreign policy initiatives

The essays in this book written by leading Chinese scholars in the fields of international relations and political economy discuss the policies enacted by Xi Jinping, China’s current leader and analyse how these policies influence China’s governance, economy and foreign relations strategy.

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China update series: China’s new sources of economic growth, volume 1: Reform, resources and climate change

Learn about the fallout of China’s demographic changes on its labour force and the factors which have contributed to the decline in China’s total factor productivity and growth in its capital stock from this book.

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China’s domestic transformation in a global context

Read about the structural transformations occurring in many pockets of China’s domestic economy, from prioritizing government expenditure on education and research and development to energy and financial market reforms. Woven into the discussion is China’s strategy for participation in international trade policy negotiations.

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China’s local governance in perspective: Instruments of central government control

Due to its sheer population size and land mass, China’s central government has had to design and deploy various strategies to govern even the most remote regions within its borders. This article discusses the seven dimensions of government control, which involve institutions, allocation of resources, personnel management, administrative monitoring, exertion of authority over local sectors and use of the military.

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Gender and migration: Employment of rural migrants in South China’s factories

This study uncovers the trend for rural women to secure factory employment more successfully compared with their male counterparts. From the factories’ perspective, women are considered to be more efficient and careful workers, while males are associated with “carelessness”, “laziness”, “violence” and “conflict”.

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Human capital and China’s future growth

Focusing on human capital, this article discusses the prospects for China’s economic growth. It examines China’s hukou policy which demarcates China’s labour force into two distinct camps of rural and urban workers and documents the progress which China has made in raising the education levels of its population.

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Sustainability strategies of China’s economic growth model

This article explores the links between China’s economic progress, CO2 emissions, China’s dependence on heavy industrial output and concerns about environmental sustainability in its industrial energy-intensive sectors.

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Filial obligation in contemporary China: Evolution of the culture-system

Despite changing cultural and social mores in China and the rise of ‘individualisation’ (shifting from collective needs to self-realisation and self-interest), filial piety still functions as an important familial obligation among Chinese families. The paper posits that the absence of a social welfare system will ensure the propagation of interdependent relations between parents and children.

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Leadership and the mandate of heaven: Political risk in China

Read this article to get an overall perspective of the possible derailers hindering China’s future prospects after having enjoyed over three decades of economic growth and social progress. It also highlights the problems China faces at present, such as income inequality, labour shortage due to its long-standing one-child policy, rising debt and environmental pollution.

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Policy response to low fertility in China: Too little, too late?

This four-page article details China’s declining fertility levels which began manifesting in the 1970s, before the one-child policy was implemented in 1980. Despite the total lifting of the one-child rule in November 2015, the number of births in China has only increased marginally. The author suggests that the Chinese government should introduce policies that will make it easier for citizens to have children and offer schemes to provide financial and healthcare support for its greying population.

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Chasing the Chinese dream: Aspirations and dilemmas of China’s new affluent consumer class

Read about the aspirations and consumer pursuits of the Chinese mass affluent population (individuals with RMB 650,000 to 6 million investable assets) in this 22-page report. This segment of the Chinese population is expected to reach 33 million in 2020 from the current 15 million recorded in 2015. The report also highlights the shift towards wealth and lifestyle, rising discontent due to the soaring cost of living and fresh opportunities for businesses and wealth managers in this new paradigm of domestic consumer spending.

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China’s economic rise: History, trends, challenges, and implications for the United States

This report traces the advent of economic reforms and trade liberalisation in China which began 36 years ago and its current economic structure today. It also discusses the challenges which China faces in sustaining a rapidly growing economy and the Chinese government’s plan to implement sweeping economic reforms.

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OECD Economic Surveys China. April 2019

This report gives a detailed overview of the current state of China’s economy which is doing well but appears to be slowing down. The Chinese government is allocating sizeable funds on research and development to boost corporate dynamism and performance and the report recommends ensuring inclusive growth by improving the labour market opportunities for citizens.

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The real origins of the U.S.-China Cold War

This article analyses the reasons behind the current cold war between the US and China and the genesis of the decline in their bilateral relationship. The article concludes that shifting power dynamics and differences in political regimes forms the basis which has shaped a 40-year tussle over power, influence and global order.

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Why China must wake up to demographic reality

China’s long growth potential may be hampered by its rapidly ageing population, coupled with a shortage of workers and students.  Despite the introduction of the two-child policy, rising incomes have resulted in Chinese couples being less willing to have children, mirroring their counterparts in Japan and Germany.

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Evolution of Sino-Japanese Relations: Implications for Northeast Asia and Beyond

China and Japan are two large economic giants in East Asia with a rivalry stemming from historical and cultural differences. This article focuses on the stability of Sino-Japanese relations over the next few years with an analysis of their contest for military, cyber and socio-economic power as well as territorial control in East Asia.

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