Debating China’s Economic Reform

Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


Dramatic transformation has occurred in China since the economic reforms launched by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. It was under his leadership that China undertook the ambitious economic reforms that have transformed China’s economy from an economic backwater into the second-largest economy in the world. But with the rapid growth has come new challenges: rampant corruption, increasing social unrest, rising levels of inequalities, the yearning for democracy, and the spread of ideas foreign and inimical to the perceived interests of the communist state. Although the outcome of the political transformation in China cannot be forecasted precisely, what has hitherto occurred is already significant enough to warrant a careful analysis of its dilemmas and dynamics.


Foreign Direct Investment World Trade Organization Economic Reform Liberal Scholar Chinese Leadership 
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  • He Li
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  1. 1.Merrimack CollegeUSA

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