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Chinese sustainable framework in the digitalized global communities


The Chinese economy has performed high growth rate of economy in a period of enlargement of global economies. However, the prosperity of Chinese economy depends on the sustainability of the global economies. In the 2010s, the innovation of ICT has brought about structural changes of economies and societies in a large scale. The development of ICT can afford to proceed efficiently large amounts of information in a short time. Internet services such as SNS develop many profitable businesses by utilizing information of users. China aims to continue growth of economy by strategical introduction of digital industrial revolution. This paper discusses that this digital revolution requires evolution of Chinese society as well as economy. Since digital revolution of industries diversifies the connection between markets and individuals, monopolized utilization of information and knowledge will detour efforts to achieve the goal of sustainability. As the relative influence of governments on markets decreases, voluntary contributions of the stakeholders become main forces for the regional vitalization. Residents participation is necessary to revitalize regional communities.

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  2. Nishimura, provides key note speech, “New normal and new economy: a new growth engine for China,” in IJEPS (2020). This research surveys rapidly proceeding digitalization in China but does not investigate completely the problem that the digital economies could be sustainable. As sustainability should be one of the central targets in the new normal economy, this paper focuses on this problem and constructs theoretical framework to discuss it profoundly.

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Tanaka, H. Chinese sustainable framework in the digitalized global communities. IJEPS 14, 327–336 (2020).

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  • Chinese economy and society
  • Decentralization
  • Digital industrial revolution
  • Sustainable scheme
  • Resident participation


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