An essential resource for anyone with an interest in contemporary China, this dictionary explores the key economic, social, cultural and foreign relations issues facing the country with the fastest growing economy and highest population in the world. The volume covers: * Major political processes and events * Principal domestic policy issues * China's evolving foreign policy environment * Main political personalities * Political institutions and groupings * Important aspects of the legal system.
In addition to the alphabetical entries, eight introductory essays provide extensive background information on the peoples and history of the PRC, its political and economic development, international relations issues (including relations with Taiwan and overseas Chinese). The work also includes a special preface addressing the implications of the recent handover of Hong Kong to the PRC. Clear, accessible and easy to use, the dictionary provides numerous cross-references and features and an up-to-date analytical bibliography that directs users to further reading material on all the topics covered. Entries include: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Capitalists/Entepreneurs, Chen Yi, Chinese Communist Party, Democracy Wall, Deng Xiaoping, Housing, Jiang Zemin, PLA, Prison system, Tiananmen incident, Tiber Autonomous Region, Wei Jianxing, Women (organizations, political role).