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In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China's Ascent in the Next Decade

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Nearly everything you know about China is wrong! Yes, within a decade, China will have the world's largest economy. But that is the least important thing to know about China. In this enlightening book, two of the world's leading China experts turn the conventional wisdom on its head, showing why China's economic growth will constrain rather than empower it. Pioneering pol ...more
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Published August 26th 2013 by Pearson FT Press (first published August 14th 2013)
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Gilda Felt
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know a great deal about the situation in China, so I found the book to be a fairly in-depth, and well written critique of China’s present and possible future. I was especially intrigued by the information presented on China’s one-child policy and its unexpected ramifications, such as young couples beings saddled with the care of both sets of parents, a financial burden few can afford. Unfortunately, that’s about the only time the book focused on the issue of population, which was odd wh ...more
Dan
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
I'd give this somewhere between 2 and 4 stars, depending on how much you've read about China before it. As a person who regularly reads the news, I honestly found very little new information in the book, and was mostly disappointed with the lack of depth in its coverage. However, I can imagine that for someone who hasn't followed the issues in the past, this would make a smoothly written and wide-ranging primer on the basics of the issues presently (well, in 2011--as the years pass any book abou ...more
Knut
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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http://www.mycountryandmypeople.org/b...

This is a review of the above title written by Damian Ma and William Adams, two US American analysts, one of them with Chinese ethnical background. The book was first published in September 2013 and our Shanghai book club has chosen it as the third read in 2015. There was already a discussion of the title on Sinica some weeks ago.

The authors structure their book in three main chapters on which are each divided into 3 subchapters: Economic Scarcity: Resourc
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Annabelle
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really insightful analysis of contemporary China that still holds up today. The engaging writing style helps to cut through the dense content, as do the graphs and other visuals.

If I was to find a flaw, it would be this: William Adams’ and Damien Ma’s use of the female pronoun seems a superficial tribute to a conversation on Chinese gender inequality, and particularly so for a book on problems facing China. A focus on male experiences in marrying, and assertions that Chinese women have standar
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Jay
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Amazing! I've often wondered how China will react to its myriad of challenges- environmental, population diversity, and economic disparity. This book looks at all those things and more. Importantly it looks at how all these challenges are piling up and interacting with each other. The tongue-in-cheek writing style helps the book read easily, though at times it can seem snarky. Ultimately though the level of research and the analysis of what is happening to China comes through as thoughtful and i ...more
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