How the Chinese Economy Works: A Multiregional Overview

How the Chinese Economy Works: A Multiregional Overview

How the Chinese Economy Works: A Multiregional Overview

How the Chinese Economy Works: A Multiregional Overview


In this analysis of the result of China's economic transformation, the author focuses on regional comparisons within China, exploring the uneven distribution of natural and human resources, and probing the evolution of economic systems.


The book is intended to provide information and explanations of the operational mechanisms of the Chinese economy through the multiregional and dynamic dimensions. Brief comparisons with both developed and developing economies are also intended to enhance the understanding of the Chinese economy. A full set of time-series data on the Chinese economy has been collected and reconstructed, where appropriate, so that the multiregional economic comparison has been possible. The statistical information for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China is also provided for those concerned with the greater China area. A box is attached to each chapter. These are hoped to extend readers' knowledge of Chinese economics. Except for a few of sections, this book is not technically complicated. Therefore, I hope that it will be read widely, as an introduction, by researchers as well as ordinary students who want to acquire some general knowledge about the Chinese economy.


Although the plan of writing a book on the Chinese economy was attempted earlier, the first decision for me to prepare this book was mainly initiated by the DAAD-funded academic program in which I was invited to lecture at University of Trier during October 1997 and March 1998.

Many institutions and individuals have helped me with the manuscript. During the first period of writing, many valuable comments and suggestions on different versions of the draft had been received from Mr Zhao Renwei (Professor of CASS) and Dr Eui-Gak Hwang (Professor of Korea University) to whom I am very grateful. During my visit to Germany, I benefited from many discussions with Professor Thomas Heberer who also kindly arranged my stay at Trier. The grants from the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) make it possible for me conduct a series of field inspections in China and collect some specific regional data, both of which contributed to the writing of some chapters. I also appreciate the PRC Ministry of Coal Industry for its awarding me as a Cross-Century . . .

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