17 China Steps Back onto the World Stage
Excerpt from a speech by former premier Zhao Ziyang on the purpose of Special Economic Zones, 1984
“Shenzhen: Showcase for China's Economic Growth,” China Daily, February 4, 2002
“The End of Cheap China,” The Economist, 10 March 2012
“China’s WTO Entry of Great Impact,” in China Daily, December 3, 2006
Excerpt from “China on the Move,” by the RAND National Defense Research Institute (U.S.), 2005
Excerpts from “Prime Minister’s War Shrine Visits the Issue That Matters, Beijing Tells Tokyo,” in The Australian, November 2005
"Peace Breaking Out," The Economist, April 4, 2007
China’s Special Economic Zones and “Open Cities” in 1992
Changes in China’s economy between December 2001 and December 2006
Top Ten Economies in the World, 2011
A Closer Look
The official website of the WTO gives extensive information about many aspects of the World Trade Organization.
Benewick, Robert and Stephanie Hemelryk Donald. The State of China Atlas: Mapping the World’s Fastest-Growing Economy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
Bergsten, C. Fred, et al. China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now about the Emerging Superpower. New York: Public Affairs, 2006.
A look at China’s extraordinary economic growth and its many implications.
Brownell, Susan. Beijing’s Games: What the Olympics Mean to China. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.
Chang, Leslie T. Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2008.
Examines the lives of female migrant factory workers in China, focusing on the experiences of two young women and including the author's story of her family's migration within China and to the West.
Fewsmith, Joseph. China Since Tiananmen: From Deng Xiaoping to Hu Jintao. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Gifford, Rob. China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power. New York: Random House, 2007.
Journalist Rob Gifford travels Chinese Route 312 from Shanghai to the border of Kazakhstan where the social and economic changes in the country are apparent all along the 3,000-mile route.
Hessler, Peter. Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory. New York: Harper, 2010.
A narrative account of how the development and diffusion of cars and roads have changed China.
Hessler, Peter. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.
Chapters 2, 4, 7, 11, 17, and 22 will be of interest to readers wishing to learn about the lives of young Chinese adults in the new economy.
Twenty-four pictures from the four-hour opening ceremony in Beijing.
Overview of the country, leaders, and history of China with statistics and a timeline.
Articles, interviews, and reports about China’s preparation to host the 2008 Olympics.
Background information about China’s Special Economic Zones.
The official website of the Shanghai Expo.
Articles about President Hu’s domestic and foreign diplomacy.
An interview with Chinese blogger Hung Huang about the controversy in Western countries over the Olympic torch and protests against the Chinese government.
The official website of the World Trade Organization provides news, briefs, and extensive information about trade topics.
The website of the U.S.-China Business Council, an organization of U.S. companies doing business in China, has an archive of all its reports to Congress on the progress the PRC has made or not made in meeting its obligations as laid out in the accession to the WTO agreement.
China Blue (88 mins; 2005)
A powerful documentary capturing the lives of teen girls in a Chinese factory that produces denim jeans. The film provides another perspective on what China’s involvement in the global economy means to one segment of the population and the role Western corporations and consumers play.
Young and Restless in China (106 mins; 2008)
A PBS Frontline documentary following the lives of nine Chinese adults in different parts of the country. The episode documents pressures and decisions they face as they try to balance tradition and modernity and work and family.