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Welfare, Environment and Changing Us-Chinese Relations

21st Century Challenges in China

Edited by Maria Weber
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 26th Nov 2004
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm d 20mm
Weight: 485g
ISBN-10: 1843768275
ISBN-13: 9781843768272
Barcode No: 9781843768272
By adopting a wide-ranging perspective, this book addresses the key issues relevant to contemporary China, providing a valuable tool with which to understand the challenges and opportunities facing political and economic actors, both domestic and foreign, over the next decades. The book addresses key issues now subject to considerable debate, such as sustainable growth, the imbalances in society deriving from growing inequalities and environmental threats. Concluding this section is an overview of how Chinese-US relations, and China's geo-political role at the international level, have evolved at the turn of the 21st century. The book then goes on to analyse those issues linked to the impacts of recent welfare system reforms. In particular, those impacts on the health care and pension systems, growing unemployment deriving from reform of state-owned enterprises and the related phasing out of the `cradle-to-grave' welfare system. The closing chapter looks at the potential provided by a fast-growing insurance market in conjunction with WTO opening measures, to assess whether increased opportunities are likely to arise for foreign insurance suppliers. Scholars of political economy and international economics as well as academics and researchers of Asian - particularly Chinese studies, will find this book of great value.

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`This well-organised, well-presented collection of essays on contemporary China not only offers a useful compendium for those who want a concentrated overview of the mainland's development, but also provides some closely-argued pointers to where the country is heading. . . The collection's editor, Maria Weber, offers an excellent introduction as well as a conclusion and an analysis of Chinese-American relations.' -- Jonathan Fenby, Asian Affairs