Suggested Readings for China
The following list are articles and readings which have been provided as
background materials to the learning experiences and executive
development programs of The International Forum in China:
Book List - A suggested bibliography for Participants of the Forum
in China and for members interested in the region. These books have
been recommended by those involved in designing the International Forum
experiences in China and East Asia.
Readings and Articles:
Takes Off, by David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale, Foreign Affairs,
2003. This is one of the better overviews of what is happening in
China including its recent successes and challenges.
Will Pay for China's Growth (An International Forum Learning Resource
Report), by Weijin Shan, September 2003. How can China
sustain its growth rate of over 7% for the longer term particularly when
problems such as its enormous bad loan portfolio need to be dealt
with?. Dr. Shan explains how the current situation came about
and what some of the alternatives are going forward.
the Renminbi ( An International Forum Learning Resource Report), About
’s exports are generated by foreign
corporations producing in
at lower costs to compete on world
markets. Consumers in
Europe are the beneficiaries of this.
What happens when the RMB is
revalued by 20%-30%? How will it affect
? What could it mean for the companies and
East Asia ? This collection of articles tried
to get at the current situation of China's trade balance and the value of
Confucius (An International Forum Learning
Resource Report), Confucius
or Kongfuzi, who lived during the 5th and 6th
century BC is the philosopher whose thought has influenced the Chinese
both morally and politically for over 2000 years.
His work is captured in the Analects,
which was a record of the dialogues which he had with his students.
The simplicity of the parables and rules that emerged from this
ensured that even the uneducated could retain the messages, enabling an
incredibly strong influence on the Chinese population for centuries.
Confucius taught his students much like Socrates did his. Both men
believed that the main purpose of education was virtue and
teachings were dedicated to such questions as: What makes a good man? And
how can we develop this quality in ourselves?
- A Selection of Dynastic Histories (An International Forum Learning
Resource Report), In
April 2004, The International Forum will travel through three cities of
historical significance in
one of the younger cities in
it grew to prominence during the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and during
the Republic of China (1911-1949). Now
it is the key financial center under the People’s Republic.
The City of
south west of
was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) until it fell to
the Mongols in 1276. The city
dates back to the Shang Dynasty (3,500 years ago) and it was part of the
Chu during the Warring States Period (476 BC-221 BC) and during the Han
Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) it became a busy trading port on the Yangtze
civilized history is re-told through its dynasties – a reminder that
nothing remains the same and that everything has a rise and fall, a birth
and death. The account of
’s history follows a cyclical pattern with the rise and fall of
each dynasty, unlike western history which is re-told in a fairly linear
progression from the Ancient Greeks onward.
The attached reading chronicles parts of
’s history from the Shang Dynasty through the forming of the
People’s Republic. It is a
brief overview and a simple introduction designed to peak your interest,
yet not tell the whole story.
An Industrial Powerhouse Emerges, by James Kynge, Financial Times,
January 23, 2003. This article is a brief discussion of China's
most plentiful asset - workers - and their attractiveness to foreign
companies from both a cost and quality perspective. Longer term, how
much of the world's production of autos and electronics will come from
China and Chinese companies?
Neighbours Get Nervous, by John Thornhill, Financial Times,
December 3, 2002. This article discusses the potential implications of
China's rising economic power and what some of the implications are for
the region and the world, in terms of markets, foreign policy and
China Blindside the West, By Nicholas Kristof, New
York Times, December 3, 2002. This article recounts the authors
own experiences in China with the growing industriousness and ambition of
some of the people he's met in China. He comments: "But
it's possible for China simultaneously to torture people and enrich them.
Human and financial capital are growing
and being deployed more sensibly, and a ferocious drive and work ethic are
galvanizing even remote nooks
like Gaoshan...China is on course eventually
to recover its traditional pre-eminence. And just as China at its peak was
blindsided by therise of the West, we're likely to be blindsided by the
rise of China."
Coming Transformation by George Gilboy and Eric Heginbothan,
Foreign Affairs July-August 2001 this article outlines many of the
changes taking place in China including political, economic and some of
the social challenges with an a viewpoint on U.S. policy for China.
State-Owned Enterprises: A Barometer for Reform and Opportunity in China
by Kenneth J. DeWoskin, 2001 discusses the situation with China's
SOE's and the implications for foreign investors in China
History from Pre-Historic to the Qing Dynasty, link to
e-museum web site at Minnesota State University including timelines,
background and maps.
to Reorganize China Operations, Take Majority Stake in Shanghai Bell,
By Andrew Batson, Wall Street Journal; October 23, 2001
and Water in Chinese Art, By Karen Albert
History and Meaning of the Chinese Communism, viewpoint from
Christine Loh, Chief Executive of Civic Exchange, Hong Kong, June 2001
Clash of Civilizations? by Samuel Huntington, 1993. Excerpt:
Civilization Identity will be increasingly important in the future, and
the world will be shaped in large measure by the interactions among seven
or eight major civilizations. These include Western, Confucian, Japanese,
Islamic, Hindu, Slavic-Orthodox, Latin American and possibly African
civilization. The most important conflicts of the future will occur along
the cultural fault lines separating these civilizations from one another"