China's Challenges Series

China's Challenges Series
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What do the Chinese People Believe?
China is an ancient civilization, with many traditions and philosophies passed down over the generations. But what values are shaping today's China? Confucian ethics? Selfless Communism? Market economy individual initiative?…
Are the Chinese People Happy?
While President Xi Jinping talks about "The Chinese Dream," the Chinese people talk about healthcare, education, housing and retirement. Even after vast economic development, the fate of many Chinese remains…
Are the Chinese People 'Real' Citizens?
The Chinese people today enjoy much higher standards of living, active involvement in expression, and a more vibrant, tolerant society. But, with One Ruling Party, how to involve the people…
China's Challenges: China Can Produce. Can China Create?
China seeks to be a "moderately well-off society." What new technologies is China developing? China must stress innovation, creativity and protect intellectual property rights to move beyond the assembly line.
China's Challenges: Where is China’s Economy Going and What is the Impact of Pollution?
While China is an economic superpower, its cheap-labor advantage is ending; its air and water are polluted; and its society is fractured by rich and poor. How can China achieve…

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