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China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2nd edition)
China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2nd edition)

China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2nd edition)

Arthur R. Kroeber
  • The only comprehensive one-volume treatment of China's economic rise for the general reader on the market
  • Provides context for high profile recent news events such as the US-China trade war, and the growing controversies over China's Belt and Road Initiative
  • Succinct introduction to key features of China's business environment, and the risks and opportunities for international businesses operating in China or competing with Chinese firms in other markets

China's economic growth has been revolutionary, and is the foundation of its increasingly prominent role in world affairs. It is the world's second biggest economy, the largest manufacturing and trading nation, the consumer of half the world's steel and coal, the biggest source of international tourists, and one of the most influential investors in developing countries from southeast Asia to Africa to Latin America. Multinational companies make billions of dollars in profits in China each year, while traders around the world shudder at every gyration of the country's unruly stock markets. Perhaps paradoxically, its capitalist economy is governed by an authoritarian Communist Party that shows no sign of loosening its grip.
China is frequently in the news, whether because of trade disputes, the challenges of its Belt and Road initiative for global infrastructure, or its increasing military strength. China's political and technological challenges, created by a country whose political system and values differ dramatically from most of the other major world economies, creates uncertainty and even fear.
China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® is a concise introduction to the most astonishing economic and political story of the last three decades. Arthur Kroeber enhances our understanding of China's changes and their implications. Among the essential questions he answers are: How did China grow so fast for so long? Can it keep growing and still solve its problems of environmental damage, fast-rising debt and rampant corruption? How long can its vibrant economy co-exist with the repressive one-party state? How do China's changes affect the rest of the world?
This thoroughly revised and updated second edition includes a comprehensive discussion of the origins and development of the US-China strategic rivalry, including Trump's trade war and the race for technological supremacy. It also explores the recent changes in China's political system, reflecting Xi Jinping's emergence as the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. It includes insights on changes in China's financial sector, covering the rise and fall of the shadow banking sector, and China's increasing integration with global financial markets. And it covers China's rapid technological development and the rise of its global Internet champions such as Alibaba and Tencent.



1. Why China Matters
2. Population, Geography, and History
3. China's Political Economy
4. Agriculture, Land, and the Rural Economy
5. Industry, Exports, and Technology
6. Urbanization and Infrastructure
7. The Enterprise System
8. The Government Finance System
9. The Financial System
10. Energy and the Environment
11. Demographics and the Labor Market
12. The Emerging Consumer Economy
13. The Social Compact
14. Changing the Growth Model
15. China and the World: Is Conflict Inevitable?

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About the author: 

Arthur R. Kroeber is founding partner and managing director of Gavekal Dragonomics, a research firm focusing on China with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. Before establishing Dragonomics in 2002, he spent 15 years as a financial and economic journalist in China and South Asia. He is senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center in Beijing, adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and at the NYU Stern School of Business, and a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

"(This) Updated second edition explains how China's economy rose to its position today and where it might be headed in the coming years, highlighting China's increased relevance to the world since 2016." -- Journal of Economic Literature

Product details

ISBN : 9780190946463

Arthur R. Kroeber
320 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Jul 2020
What Everyone Needs to Know
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China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2nd edition)

China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2nd edition)

China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2nd edition)