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Two views on the growth of China

August 2011

Analysing the economic, social and environmental impacts of development processes in China

Two views on the growth of China

China is now ranked as the world’s number one nation according to criteria that include population size, energy use, exports and carbon footprint size. It is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest economy too.

By other measures, however, China is still widely perceived to be lagging behind. For instance, Western leaders and academics have for many years been critical of China’s record on human rights, workers’ rights, pollution controls and progress towards gender equality.

Is such criticism still merited in 2011? We review some of the latest media reporting on economic, social and environmental aspects of development in China – including some surprising findings.


This resource will have particular appeal for GCSE and A-level candidates who are studying development or, more specifically, the geography of China (WJEC A2, OCR A2), superpowers (Edexcel A2) or global studies where China plays an important role (IB).

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