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Unformatted text preview: October 31, 2008 China Video • Major interdependence between US and China • Chinese paradox = the country’s poor. • Cheap labor = China’s biggest contribution to the global world. • Women= 1-2 dollars a day and Men= 3-4 dollars a day • 1.5 million people work on construction jobs. • 5% labor in China and 10-20% in US November 3, 2008 China • Largest population-1.3 billion • Second largest economy, but one third of the population lives in poverty • 2/3 rural, and 1/3 urban • Densely populated cities. Same size as the US, but with five times the number of people. 90% of the population lives on 17% of the land • Fairly homogeneous, 7% minority population. The Communist Era (1949- ) • 1950 Mao’s land redistribution to 300M peasants • 1957- allows public discussion of China’s problems • 1958-1960: Great Leap Forward (failure) • 1966- Cultural Revolution (ideological reform) Political System • Unitary, centralized state • Al power rests with the Chinese Communist Party (CPP); it has a monopoly on...
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This note was uploaded on 09/06/2011 for the course POL SCI 6 taught by Professor Moosbrugger during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.
- Spring '11