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This volume presents a concise history of how China's Communist Party (CCP) selected a new generation of leaders in late 2002 and why the individuals, in their late 40s and 50s, were so well qualified to govern China. These leaders are trying to lead China to become a regional and world power in which their people can enjoy a modest living standard and take pride in the nation's achievements. Addressed to the expert or ordinary reader, these essays see China's leaders as challenged by a new trend, visible only in the last decade, of a widening gap between the losers in society and the winners of the recent economic and political reforms. The leaders of the largest, single ruling party and state authority in the world must somehow reverse that trend if China is to survive as one nation. This volume explains they are doing that by reconfiguring their huge command economy, promoting a market economy, and undertaking gradual political reforms. It is unflinching in its discussion of how China's leaders face mounting political corruption, spreading unemployment, growing disparity of wealth and income, and a crisis of belief.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521600583
ISBN-10: 0521600588
Format: Paperback
(238mm x 154mm x 18mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Yun-Han Chu

Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica and Professor of Political Science at the National Taiwan University. Associate Professor of Political Science at Soochow University and Executive Director of at the Insitute for National Policy Research. Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and also curator of the East Asian archives.

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