While all the world watches China assume a greater role on the world stage, the country’s leaders are focused far more on the many domestic issues China faces. The next stage of the country’s development will require creative solutions to the challenges that have emerged since economic reforms began three decades ago. We take an in-depth look at what needs to be done.
While most China-watchers outside the country are more concerned about China's external relations and behavior, the key to understanding China's international policies and practices including economic ones, is to see where its domestic trends are heading.
Politics 1 — The economic reforms that China launched in 1978 unleashed more than three decades of unprecedented growth. Those reforms themselves arose out of political changes in China, but now economic reforms are creating conditions th
Politics 2 — One thing above all else has underpinned the economic fruits of China's reform and opening up process that began in 1978, and that is 30 years of political stability unprecedented in the country's modern history. Boston Unive
Economy — The swift and dramatic actions taken by the Chinese government to buffer its economy from the worst effects of the recent financial crisis represented one of the few bright spots of the period.
Social Issues — Social stability in China can at present be characterized as “rigid stability,” and it is maintained through a system of pressure applied by various levels of government aimed above all at preventing social unrest. Leading
Environment — Much has been made of the enormous environmental damage that has been done by China's spectacular economic growth over the last three decades.
Public Health — China's health care system rapidly deteriorated in the period after economic reforms in 1978. Professor Li Ling outlines how the country plans to establish a modern system of universal health care.
Ethnic Issues — Periodic eruptions of ethnic tensions in certain regions of China often obscure the complex history of identity and the idea of the nation-state in modern China.
Media BriefingThe Global Times is a product of the change in China's media, explains editor Hu Xijin. All media in China are state media, but this label overlooks the close connection that exists between the Global Times and
Media 1 — Along with so many aspects of Chinese society, the country's media have undergone vast changes in recent years, but the implications of those changes have not been fully appreciated outside of the country.
Media 2 — Flush with money and brimming with confidence, China's central state media are rapidly expanding beyond China's borders to export the government's official view on world events.
Education — Under China's ancient dynasties, the system of examinations for candidates for the civil service symbolized the role of education as a vehicle for social advancement. In modern China, examinations still play that crucial role.
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