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CE 460 Final Paper

CE 460 Final Paper - The Construction Industry of China...

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The Construction Industry  of China Past, Current and Future Timothy Chang 11/19/2007
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Table of Contents Introduction                        3 The Rapid Growth of Construction                                  4 The Improvement in Construction Standard                         6 The Expand of Oversea Construction Projects                       7 Lack of Professional Training for labors        9 Lack of Intellectual property rights                       11 Bribes and Corruptions   11 Conclusion                               12 Bibliography                       14 2
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Introduction Construction took part in recording Chinese history through many different  forms;   historians   have   used   the   type   and   style   of   construction   that   was  adopted in each period to classified different eras in China. For example, the  archaic temples that retained the old and distinct religious character of Chin  and Han dynasty; the majestic palace and mausoleum that symbolized the  wealth and power of Tang and Sui Dynasty; the marvelous gardens that  reflected the pursue of elegancy in the Ming Ching Era (Huo 293). Until today,  construction is still marking history. According to “The Times”, China’s national  stadium of main stadium for Beijing 2008 Olympics games, Bird Nest, was  ranked the best in the world’s top ten biggest and most important construction  work   in   construction   at   present   (Construciton365).   Its   revolutionary  construction concept has made itself an epitome for the modern construction  industry of China. As China’s economy continue to grow rapidly, the demands  for   office   space,   residential   apartments,   and   infrastructures,   have   also  reached a high point in Chinese history. However, behind the glories, there are  still many unsolved problems in the industry. The purpose of this paper is to  look into the future of construction in China through researches from the past  3
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and current.  Part I: The Achievement From Reformation and Development The Rapid Growth of Construction Under the economic reform -Gaige Kaifang (Reforms and Openness)- carried  by Chairman Deng Xiaoping after the culture revolution, China’s construction  industry underwent a dramatic change (Wikipedia). As shown in Figure 1, the  investment rate of fix assets and the construction growth rate have increased  accordingly with the growth of China’s economy (CCIA 17). By the end of  2002, the construction industry is increasing in a significant rate of 12%  annually, which is 9 times larger than 1978 (CCIA 17). By dividing the 
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