The Chinese Tradition, China Model and Chinese Modernity

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Zhongshan University Press
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Chapter
Citation:
Zhi Dao Xin Quan (Traditional Chinese Theories of Government: New Interpretations), 2011, 1, pp. 153 - 161
Issue Date:
2011-01
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The 'economic miracle' in China during the past three decades has prompted many scholars to present a China discourse that China is no longer a country in transition but has created the China Model leading to the Chinese modernity. This article argues that the state-led rapid economic growth is not unique to China but common among many East Asian countries since the 1950s and other countries characterised as state capitalism in other parts of the world; that this model of development has generated structural problems and is not sustainable; that there is no such a thing as Chinese modernity; that the major consequence of pursuing an alternative modernity based on national culture is to create obstacles for Chinas march to modernity.
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