China Lecture 1

china has become a central factor in globalization

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Unformatted text preview: state- owned businesses and have jeopardized the livelihoods of millions of workers - China is thus engaged in a precarious race to reform itself before the shock of these changes overwhelms the country - This economic modernization is not only transforming the physical and social landscape of the country but also reshaping international finance and trade. - China has become a central factor in globalization ! Major Geographic and Demographic Features - China is one of the largest countries in terms of landmass - The southwestern portions of the country, including Tibet, is known for its mountain ranges (the Himalayas and the Altai), and most of Xinjiang is desert - The northeastern portion, bordering Mongolia and Russian Siberia, is marked by bitterly cold winter temperatures - The Chinese population is concentrated in the southern and seaboard portions of the country, where the climate is more temperate and there is greater rainfall ! Major Geographic and Demographic Features - Given the country's large population and landmass, the Chinese are a puzzlingly homogeneous population, with over 90 percent of the population considered part of the main ethnic group, known as Han - The southern portion of the country is not only better for human habitatio...
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