An Economic Survey of Communist China

An Economic Survey of Communist China

An Economic Survey of Communist China

An Economic Survey of Communist China

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As an account of Chinese economic development this book attempts to tell only one part of the complex story about Communist China, but it is a part that has not yet been told to western readers in detail. As the title shows, this is a non-political book, and every effort has been made to avoid partisanship. Partly for this reason and partly because of the book's primary interest in the Chinese mainland, there is no discussion on the economic development of Taiwan (Formosa). Similarly, other controversial political issues have been avoided. This does not imply, of course, that the reader cannot draw certain deductions of political significance on his own, as the concluding chapter will show quite clearly. This is perhaps as it should be.

Extensive use of official Communist Chinese statistics is made in this book, but by no means uncritically. This practice cannot be avoided due to the complete absence of other independent sources of first-hand information as far as published material is concerned. For even non-Communist publications in Hongkong and Formosa are compelled to rely on Communist sources. The reader will be well advised to bear this fact in mind.

It is a pleasure to express my gratitude to the many persons and institutions without whose help, indulgence, and support this book could not have been written. Thanks are due especially to the Hoover Library and the Stanford Research Institute for the many sources of information and research opportunities they have given me; to the Tsinghua University Fund and President Y. C. Mei of the National Tsinghua University of China for the timely fellowship that has enabled me to complete my writing; to Professor Franklin L. Ho of Columbia University, Professor David N. Rowe of Yale, and Dr. Eugene Staley and Mr. William L. White of the Stanford Research Institute for their invaluable encouragement and counsel; to Dr. Mary C. Wright, Mrs. Lienche Fang, and their past and present colleagues at the Hoover Library for the tireless help in material search given me over a long period of time; to Miss Margaret Sparks for her indispensable assistance in the editing and preparation of the manuscript; to Major John K. Jouett, U. S. Army, for his painstaking and . . .

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