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China's Socioeconomic Progress: The Mainland Revisited Shows Evidence of Advance but Its Overpopulation Is a Big Problem

Karl Falk
The American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Vol. 47, No. 3 (Jul., 1988), pp. 363-369
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3486485
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Abstract

An invitation to lecture at a Chinese university in 1986 afforded the writer and his wife an opportunity to revisit China. They had been there in 1975 while the "Cultural Revolution" was still on and again in 1983. Their first visit covered major modern cities and historical capitals, their second more remote areas and their third the rural areas. They were impressed by the economic progress, especially in 1983-86, even in rural areas which are still lagging behind the cities. The ability of the Chinese to cope with overpopulation aroused their admiration but it was clear that the problem would block or handicap development and modernization efforts for decades to come. China's overpopulation problem is a warning to other developing nations which neglect family planning.

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