China in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and by Shiping Hua

By Shiping Hua

By way of Hua, Shiping ( writer ) [ { China within the Twenty-First Century: demanding situations and possibilities } ]Aug-2007 Hardcover

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Economists often assume that the problem of a 18 ● Weixing Chen more human society is solved by expertise and by know-how. 12 China has been experiencing a period of high economic growth. But its economic growth is not a cure to all the problems that accompany it. China seems to be in a good position to apply expertise and know-how, considering its economic reform is state-sponsored and the government wields enormous influence over economic activities and exercises great power of political control.

23 This Chinese pragmatism originated from the debate over the criteria for truth in 1978. A well-known national newspaper, Guangming Daily, published an editorial on the subject, which provoked an immediate attack from the Maoists. 24 Like Peirce, Deng believed that no question was significant unless results of answering it had practical consequences. He insisted on not engaging in meaningless debates over major controversial issues. ”25 Deng promoted professional elites to replace the populist leaders.

The Chinese state has more revenue than ever before and yet it has not invested proportionately in human services to make them more accessible to the people. When power is exercised by individuals on behalf of the state in the absence of the rule of law and checks and balances in a commercial environment, 20 ● Weixing Chen corruption and waste by government officials are inevitable. “Socialism with Chinese characteristics” will be largely defined by the result of building a harmonious society. 17 The monopoly of political power by the CCP makes social–economic programs of this kind possible, though it is often reactive and driven by concerns of political stability and legitimacy.

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