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China Currents Special Edition 2015


Economic growth and the rise of China globally are reshaping the global system in the 21st century and continuing an unprecedented social transition within China itself. China Currents is a forum for thoughtful, concise articles analyzing society in contemporary China, published as an online journal by the China Research Center at Periodic special issues include selections from past issues, organized by topic. The 2015 Special Issue presents twenty-seven original articles published between fall 2012 and fall 2014, and covering history and society, the economy, business, politics and international relations, and a special section analyzing progress with the reform platform of the Third Plenum of the Eighteen Party Congress. Highlights include perspectives on the new social contract, environmental challenges, urbanization, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, changes in the business environment, the fight against corruption, and more.

The Center would like to gratefully acknowledge financial support from our gold sponsors, East West Manufacturing and Project Success.



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History and Society

The Development of China’s Developmental State: Environmental Challenges and Stages of Growth, Brian Woodall and Siqi Han, Vol.13, No.1, 2014

Toward a New Social Contract in China: Overcoming the Legacy of the Old Regime, Thomas F. Remington, Vol.12, No.1, 2013

The Clash of Historical Memory: The “Century of Humiliation” vs. the “Post-WWII Liberal World Order,” David Blair, Vol.12, No.2, 2013

Found in Translation, John Israel, Vol.12, No.2, 2013

A Short History of the Party Congresses, Yawei Liu, Vol.11, No.2, 2012

The 18th Party Congress: A Turning Point in Chinese Politics? Yawei Liu, Vol.11, No,2, 2012


China’s Push for Urbanization and Its Accompanying Challenges, Qiulin Chen and Li Qi, Vol.12, No.1, 2013

The China Standards Engine, Michael Murphree, Vol.12, No.2, 2013

Negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Possible Effects on the U.S.-China Relationship in Asia, Amitendu Palit, Vol.12, No.1, 2013

China’s Currency Reforms from a Banker’s Perspective, Penelope Prime, Vol.13, No.1, 2014


In Due Time: China’s business environment makes the case for due diligence, Katherine Peavy,
Vol.13, No.1, 2014

What’s Up with U.S. Big-Box Retailers in China? The Cases of The Home Depot and Best Buy, Jing Betty Feng, Vol.12, No.2, 2013

An International Equity Exchange for China? Considering the Options, Vijaya Subrahmanyam, Vol.11, No.2, 2012

Language Services Go Global: An Interview with Bernie Colacicco at KeyLingo, Penelope B. Prime, Vol.12, No.1, 2013

Commentary: The U.S. House Intelligence Committee Scapegoats Huawei, William Abbott Foster, Vol.11, No.2, 2012

Politics and International Relations

Growth and Corruption in China, Andrew Wedeman, Vol.11, No.2, 2012

China’s Cultural Diplomacy: Historical Origin, Modern Methods and Strategic Outcomes, Parama Sinha Palit, Vol.12, No.2, 2013

China and the Ukraine Crisis, John Garver, Vol.13, No.1, 2014

Third Plenum of the Eighteenth Party Congress

The Eighteenth Party Congress Decision: An Introduction, Stephen Herschler, Guest Editor, Vol.13, No.2, 2014

Where Is Political Reform in Xi Jinping’s Reform Scheme? Yawei Liu, Vol.13, No.2, 2014

Xi Jinping’s Tiger Hunt and the Politics of Corruption, Andrew Wedeman, Vol.13, No.2, 2014

New Trends in China’s Administrative Reform, Baogang Guo, Vol.13, No.2, 2014

China’s War on Air Pollution, Eri Saikawa, Vol.13., No.2, 2014

Foreign and Security Affairs in the Third Plenum, John Garver, Vol.13, No.2, 2014

Market vs. Government in Managing the Chinese Economy, Xuepeng Liu,Vol.13, No.2, 2014

New Approaches in Banking, Currency and Public Finance, Penelope B. Prime, Vol.13, No.2, 2014

Chinese Media and Culture: Dancing with Chains, Hongmei Li, Vol.13, No.2, 2014

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