Introduction: two opposing views of China

Randall Peerenboom

in China Modernizes

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226122
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696183 | DOI:
Introduction: two opposing views of China

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This introductory chapter compares the opposing views on China — the rising superpower and the brutal authoritarian state. The positive view sees China as a paradigm for developing states in this era of globalization, and the envy of industrialized states with its high growth rates. The dark view paints China as a big problem. It is an outlaw regime that is politically unstable and on the verge of collapse. The chapter tries to put China within a broader comparative context by citing different approaches in which it should be assessed. Lastly, it discusses the general structure and organization of this book.

Keywords: China; superpower; paradigm; context; structure; organization; authoritarian; problem

Chapter.  8943 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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