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China is a land of superlatives. It is the world’s most populous with a rapidly aging population. Its economy is the world’s largest measured by purchasing power parity. With its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), it is increasingly connected to the world and providing critical infrastructure for many countries in Asia and beyond. It is the leading trading partner of many countries in Asia and the world. Yet there is reason to think that it is vulnerable to the “middle-income trap.” It may be the “Mexico, Brazil, or South Africa” of Asia rather than achieving high-income status. In this course, we will look at the “hukou" system that separates its urban from its rural population. We will also look at how China is propelling Asia to world dominance in the 21st century by looking at its relationships with Iran, Burma, and Taiwan in its competition with the United States.
Instructor: David Shawver
Dr. David Shawver lived in China from 1998-2007 when he served as Director of the American International School of Guangzhou. He was President of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools which gave him the opportunity to travel widely in China. He has also worked or attended university in Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma, and Thailand during his four decades in schools sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
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