China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible Trends Reshaping China and its Relationship with the World

China Inside Out: 10 Irreversible Trends Reshaping China and its Relationship with the World

Bill Dodson

Language: English

Pages: 200

ISBN: 0470826436

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An in-depth look at the forces and trends changing China and its place in the world

China has dominated the news for nearly a decade and will continue to grab headlines as it moves inexorably toward becoming the world's largest economy. It already has the largest middle class in the world; the most Internet users; the largest army; and is the world's largest polluter. Yet all this growth causes problems as China adapts to the laws of other lands in which it has investments; learns how to meet international guidelines and safety standards for its products; stretches its resources to the limit; and struggles to maintain stability and control over an increasingly restive population.

China Inside Out explores the social and economic forces unleashed by China's relentless drive to modernization. Bill Dodson presents the stories of average Chinese workers, along with interviews with experts interlaced with his own experiences. The end result is an insider's view of the forces reshaping China as it takes an increasingly prominent role in the new world order.

  • Looks at the trends reshaping China and reveals how China's place in the world is evolving
  • Written by an industry analyst, advisor, and business manager in China, who is also a columnist for the China Economic Review
  • Explains important changes for investors and business leaders interested in China

For business leaders, investors, and China watchers, China Inside Out offers a truly in-depth examination of China's changing role in the world.




















domestic imperatives—natural resource depletion, pollution, and population pressure—will narrow its attention even further. Already, some African countries have complained that China has imported environmental and human-resource violations that Chinese bosses consider de rigueur back home. Still, it cannot be denied that Chinese investment in many developing countries—from Bangladesh to Sri Lanka to Nigeria—has done more to bring economic opportunity and raise living standards in the past five

or become explosive. When the bird died, it was time to run to safety. China, representing nearly 20 percent of humanity, is pressing into unknown environmental territory that is unprecedented, at a rate never before seen in other countries. The stresses the country is placing on its resources and on its environment are particularly harrowing in light of the paucity of land available for the population pressures within its geographic borders. China is on the leading edge of humankind’s

was to move to the newly built facility at the end of December 2007, Jim sent me an email: “My costs (other than labor) are no different here than in east China. If you want to save money out here, it is doable but you sacrifice your ethics and pay bribes—which I will not do.” The Wild West will live on for some time through Chongqing. PORTS OF CALL A major barrier to getting goods manufactured in inland cities like Chongqing out to China’s coast for export is the country’s lack of sea

narrow lane at the outdoor grocery and told me to get it myself. I saw from the manager’s slack expression that I would more likely win an argument with the plastic bust of Mao behind the main desk than with the manager himself. Reining in my exasperation, I crossed the lobby and bought the bottles of water I had promised my guests. Fast forward 10 years to the mid-2000s, and Westerners were able to stay wherever they pleased: flea-bitten inns that cost a couple of dollars a night to six-star

incursion that must be despised in every way, another quarter of prime-time television viewing is made up of soap operas typically set in one dynasty or another; the last imperial dynasty, the Qing, is a favorite historical setting. Despite the Qing having been foreigners themselves (northern “barbarians” from Manchuria), 40 or even 50 hours of drama is devoted to pulling heartstrings that have viewers empathizing and commiserating with emperors, courtesans, and eunuchs. At the beginning of 2010,

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