In 1978 China's leaders decided to "open the door" - to dramatically change the economic and political course of the country. This concise study outlines what these changes have meant both for domestic and foreign policy. It describes the impact of the use of market mechanisms and then focuses on foreign trade, foreign finance and the creation of Special Economic Zones. This clearly written and concise book is aimed at two targets: students of contemporary China, and businessmen concerned with trading with or investing in the New China. Kevin Bucknall is Director of the Centre for the Study of Australia-Asian Relations, at Griffith University.