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Reporting the news in China

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes discusses how rapid economic development in the People's Republic has profoundly changed Chinese society, and concomitantly, brought greater prosperity to the economies of the industrialized West. However, China's remarkable prosperity has not come without a tremendous price. China's environment and healthcare system are profoundly challenged. Rampant corruption among Chinese Communist Party leaders has led to theft of public assets, in particular, of land for development projects, resulting in increases in mass protests as Chinese band together to protect themselves against the transgressions of the state. While China's future is uncertain, the emerging middle class is likely to be the dominant force in determining the course of China in the 21st Century.

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