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Introduction to China Discussion topics May 5, 2011 1. What were the major steps leading to the creation of a socialist economy in China in the 1950s? 2. Why did the Great Leap Forward fail? What are its consequences? 3. Why did Mao launch the Cultural Revolution? What are its consequences? 4. How has the socialist economy (collectives in agriculture and state-owned enterprises in industry) been transformed into predominantly a private, market economy in China since the late 1970s and 1980s? 5. Compare the political systems during the Mao and reform eras, and explain where they are different from each other and where they remain the same?
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Unformatted text preview: 6. What are the ideological and political innovations under the leadership of Jiang Zemin? Why there were such innovations? 7. What is the so-called Beijing Consensus? 8. What is the danwei (work-unit) in contemporary China? Has it become more or less important in the reform era? Why? 9. What is the hukou (household registration) system in contemporary China? Has it become more or less important in the reform era? Why? 10. What are the major challenges in Chinese society today? What are the Chinese governments solutions to them?...
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