China's dramatic transformation over the past fifteen years has drawn its share of attention and fear from the global community and world leaders. Far from the inward-looking days of the Cultural Revolution, modern China today is the world's fourth largest ecomy, with a net product larger than that of France and the United Kingdom. And China's dynamism is by means limited to its ecomy: enrollments in secondary and higher education are rapidly expanding, and new means of communication are vastly increasing information available to the Chinese public. In two decades, the Chinese government has also transformed its foreign relations-Beijing is w consulted on virtually every key development within the region. However, the Communist Party of China still dominates all aspects of political life. The Politburo is still self-selecting, Beijing chooses province goverrs, censorship is widespread, and treatment of dissidents remains harsh. In China, leading experts provide an overview of the region, highlighting key issues as they developed in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Edited with an introduction by David B. H. Deon, an authority on China, this volume of articles covers recent events and key issues in understanding this growing superpower. Organized into three thematic sections-foreign policy and national security, ecomic policy and social issues, and domestic politics and governance-the essays cover salient topics such as China's military power, de-communization, growing ecomic strength, nationalism, and the possibility for democracy. The volume also contains current maps as well as a Recent Chrology of Events which provides a decade's worth of information on the region, organized by year and by country. Contributors: Liu Binyan, David B.H. Deon, Bruce J. Dickson, June Teufel Dreyer, Michael Dutton, Elizabeth Ecomy, Barry Eichengreen, Edward Friedman, Dru C. Gladney, Paul H. B. Godwin, Merle Goldman, Richard Madsen, Barry Naughton, Lucian W. Pye, Tony Saich, David Shambaugh, Robert Sutter, Michael D. Swaine, and Tyrene White.
David B. H. Denoon is Professor of Politics and Economics at New York University. He is the author of many books, including Real Reciprocity: Balancing U.S. Economic and Security Policies in the Pacific Basin and Ballistic Missile Defense in the Post-Cold War Era.