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

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Foreword
  6. CHAPTER 1 - The Rise of Generation W(eb)
    1. HUMAN FLESH SEARCHES
    2. “THIS POST DOES NOT EXIST”
    3. THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE ONLINE
    4. THE GRASS-MUD HORSE STRIKES BACK
    5. WHEN NETWORKING BECOMES THE RAGE
    6. END NOTES
  7. CHAPTER 2 - The Anxious Class
    1. PROPERTY RIGHTS AND WRONGS
    2. UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND
    3. PRECARIOUS HEALTH CARE
    4. HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER
    5. END NOTES
  8. CHAPTER 3 - A Tale of Two Countries
    1. MIGRANT WORKERS: SEPARATE AND UNEQUAL
    2. FACTORY LIFE: NOT THE TICKET IT USED TO BE
    3. HUKOU 户口: A LIFELONG SENTENCE
    4. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY
    5. LOOKING AHEAD: THE UNITED STATES OF CHINA?
    6. END NOTES
  9. CHAPTER 4 - Not in My Backyard!
    1. AN AIR ABOUT THE PLACE
    2. “BUT THEY DID IT FIRST!”
    3. CANCER VILLAGES
    4. NOW IN YOUR BACKYARD
    5. CLEAN UP YOUR ACT
    6. END NOTES
  10. CHAPTER 5 - With the Appetite of a Dragon
    1. LAND AHOY!
    2. FORESTS FOR THE TREES
    3. OILY DAYS
    4. GLOBAL BUYING SPREE
    5. OUT OF THEIR ELEMENT
    6. INFLAMMABLE WATER
    7. WHEN THERE’S NOT MUCH LEFT TO CONQUER
    8. END NOTES
  11. CHAPTER 6 - China 24/7
    1. CONSTRUCTING THE FUTURE
    2. THE ARTERIES OF A NATION
    3. ROAD WARRIORS
    4. PORTS OF CALL
    5. RAILROADED
    6. CHINA SHELL GAME
    7. THE BIG GAMBLE
    8. END NOTES
  12. CHAPTER 7 - China, at Your Services
    1. SERVICES RUN-DOWN
    2. SCARY HEALTH CARE
    3. FAWLTY CHINA
    4. SERVICE WITH A SMILE
    5. THE TV REPAIRMAN COMETH
    6. DEARLY BELOVED
    7. SERVICE WITH A FROWN
    8. END NOTES
  13. CHAPTER 8 - The Global Sugar Daddy
    1. A BIG STICK
    2. A YUAN FOR MORE
    3. BALANCING INTERNATIONAL AMBITIONS WITH DOMESTIC REALITIES
    4. MODERNIZATION OF CHINA’S BANKING AND FINANCE INDUSTRY
    5. OUTBOUND INVESTMENT
    6. INTEGRATION, NOT DOMINATION
    7. END NOTES
  14. CHAPTER 9 - Hot Pot Nation
    1. ALL IN THE FAMILY
    2. POPCORN POPULATION
    3. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
    4. 4-2-1 . . . BREAKDOWN
    5. GRAY TIGER POWER
    6. HOT POT NATION
    7. END NOTES
  15. CHAPTER 10 - In the Shadow of the Emperors
    1. A CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS
    2. A CHIP ON ITS SHOULDER
    3. PLASTIC MYTHOLOGIES
    4. G.I. ZHOU GETS A NEW UNIFORM
    5. TOWARD A CHINA WITH DEMOCRATIC CHARACTERISTICS
    6. END NOTES
  16. Afterword
  17. Bibliography
  18. Index