Understanding China Today

An Exploration of Politics, Economics, Society, and International Relations

  • Silvio Beretta
  • Axel Berkofsky
  • Lihong Zhang

Part of the Understanding China book series (UNCHI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. China in World Politics

  3. China in the International Economy

  4. Chinese Politics and Culture

  5. Italian Views on China

About this book


This book covers numerous areas and aspects of Chinese domestic and external politics and policies, the Chinese economy, Chinese society and culture, and Chinese literature and history. It is divided into four sections, the first of which focuses on China’s place in world politics, including its relations with the European Union, Russia, India, Japan, the United States, and Africa. The second section among others addresses issues and areas related to China’s role in and impact on the international economy, the strategies and positioning of Chinese multinational companies investing in Europe, the problems and challenges of China's banking and financial systems and China's foreign economic strategies. The final two sections are devoted to Chinese politics and society, and Italian views on Chinese culture, language, and literature. The volume is multidisciplinary in nature, with contributions from experts of politics, economics, history, law, literature, gender studies, and the media. It will appeal to a wide range of China scholars and analysts as well as to all who have an interest in international relations, Chinese politics, the Chinese economy, and Chinese society, culture, literature, and history.


Chinese politics Chinese economics Chinese culture and society China’s international relations China-Italy relations China-India relations China-Russia relations China-Japan relations China-EU relations China-US relations China-Africa relations China’s outward economic strategy Chinese multinationals in Europe Italian banks in China Deng Xiaoping model Gender empowerment in China Chinese dream

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvio Beretta
    • 1
  • Axel Berkofsky
    • 2
  • Lihong Zhang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political and Social SciencesUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Political and Social SciencesUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  3. 3.East China University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina

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