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Jennifer Li Peter Lavelle Environment and Agriculture in Modern China Human Influence on the Environment As the Chinese population expands and as China becomes more industrialized, environment degradation continues to worsen due to the need for natural resources and living space. The exponentially expanding population creates not only an economic issue but also an environmental issue that worries the Chinese government. While the relationship between humans and nature remains unclear, Judith Shapiro and Mark Elvin, two authors who separately published books on the Chinese people and environment, attempt to provide a better understanding of this topic through their own perspectives. Until the recent Chinese Revolution, the Chinese have sacrificed the environment in order to survive; however, after the Communist Party took over, the government encouraged people to explore natural resources as a mean to promote economic success. For a long period of time, China’s technology did not improve much, and many infrastructures lacked efficiency and required much maintenance. The preservation of the existing situations
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