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Truths and Half Truths - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843346289, 9781780632773

Truths and Half Truths

1st Edition

China’s Socio-Economic Reforms from 1978-2010

Authors: Ferdinand Gul Haitian Lu
Hardcover ISBN: 9781843346289
eBook ISBN: 9781780632773
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th June 2011
Page Count: 282
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Table of Contents



List of abbreviations

List of figures and tables

Note on transliteration and currency

Political map of China

About the authors

Chapter 1: Population and employment


Demography shapes Chinese society – population dynamics and economic implications

Employment reform – from labor system to labor market

Chapter 2: Social security


Social security reform – process and challenges

Pension reform

Housing reform

Healthcare reform

Chapter 3: Economic growth versus environmental degradation


A legacy of ecological devastation

Environmental challenges

Positive government action

Obstacles to sustainable development

Chapter 4: Anti-poverty campaign – the struggle between equality and efficiency


Extent of poverty – dimensions and alternative estimates

Income-earning potential of urban and rural poor

Evolution of income distribution disparity in China since the economic reforms

Chapter 5: Rural land, peasants, and agriculture


Who owns the land?

Eviction without compensation

Playing ‘cat-and-mouse’ with Beijing

Unprofitable agriculture

A threat of food crisis

Rulers of China, beware!

Chapter 6: Corruption in contemporary China – an old dilemma with new features


Measuring corruption

Characteristics of corruption

Dilemma of anti-corruption agencies

Corruption in China’s anti-corruption agencies

Beijing’s entrenched dilemma

The way ahead: ‘selective toleration of corruption’ or radical reform?

Chapter 7: Educational developments and challenges


Basic education

Higher education reform: from elite education to mass production

Half way across the river

Chapter 8: Enterprises, foreign trade, and the financial sector


State-owned enterprise reform

Foreign trade and investment

Chapter 9: Political reform, civil society, media, and international relations


Beyond socialism and capitalism

Civil society: the lost intellectuals and a conservative middle class

Freedom of speech and media reform

China’s rise: a threat to the world?

Appendix Chronology of key events in the history of reform (1978–2010)




Truths and Half Truths is aimed at economic and social science academics and students who are interested in the dynamics of China’s institutional development and societal transformation. Covering the complexity of the social, economic, and governance reforms behind the economic miracles achieved by China since its reform in 1978, and particularly in the past twenty years, this book provides much needed insight and critical thinking on major aspects of China’s reform. Topics include employment, environment, anti-poverty; urbanization and rural development; education, corruption, political regime and media. Readers will be able to re-evaluate the costs and benefits of China’s modernization from a point-of-view of sustainability.

Key Features

  • Written by highly knowledgeable and well respected academics in law and economics with decades of experience in China studies
  • Provides an insight from academic points of view written in a reader-friendly journalistic style
  • An integrated monograph; each chapter addresses a particular area of reform and can be read independently


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About the Authors

Ferdinand Gul

Professor Ferdinand Akthar Gul is the Head and Chair Professor of accounting and corporate governance at the school of accounting and finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has published more than 60 refereed papers in top international journals including: the Journal of Financial Economics; Journal of Corporate Finance; Journal of Accounting and Economics; Contemporary Accounting Research; and The Accounting Review: Accounting, Organizations and Society. He has lectured extensively, and internationally, on governance issues in China and East Asia. Prof. Gul was previously the Head and Chair Professor in Accounting, Department of Accountancy and Director of the Accounting and Corporate Governance Centre at the City University of Hong Kong. He also sits on the editorial board of several international journals.

Haitian Lu

Dr Haitian Lu is Assistant Professor in Law at the School of Accounting and Finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is the Program Director of the Masters of Science in China Business Studies. Dr. Lu obtained a PhD. In Law from National University of Singapore and specializes in Chinese law, economics and society. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dr. Lu worked for the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva and a leading law firm in Singapore.

Affiliations and Expertise

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong