Handbook on China and Developing Countries
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Handbook on China and Developing Countries

Edited by Carla P. Freeman

This Handbook explores the rapidly evolving and increasingly multifaceted relations between China and developing countries. Cutting-edge analyses by leading experts from around the world critically assess such timely issues as the ‘China model’, Beijing’s role in international development assistance, Chinese peacekeeping and South-South relations, and developing countries and the internationalization of the renminbi. Chapters also examine China’s engagement with individual countries and regions throughout the developing world. For scholars, practitioners, and postgraduates, the volume’s breadth and depth of coverage will inform and guide present and future analysis.
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Chapter 5: China’s developing country identity – challenges and future prospects

Xinquan Tu and Huiping Mo


China has achieved extraordinary economic and social advances since it launched its economic reform and opening-up policy nearly four decades ago. Its emergence as an indispensable actor in the world economy is among these advances. Its aggregate economy has accounted for a steadily rising proportion of global economic activity; although affected by the financial crisis in 2008, China’s average gross domestic product (GDP) growth has held at around 8 percent much higher than the growth rate of most other countries. In 2010, China surpassed Japan to become the second largest economy in the world; in 2013 it overtook the United States as the world’s top goods trader. Alongside these accomplishments, Chinese companies and citizens have gained an international reputation as lavish buyers of capital and material assets, luxury goods – indeed, of almost everything. The growing number of cities in China that appear as or even more advanced than those in many developed countries also offer evidence of China’s astounding economic gains.

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