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Why and How the CPC Works in China

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The international community has come to see China and the CPC in a new light because of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2010 Shanghai World Expo and its rapid economic growth despite the global financial crisis. Increasingly, people want to know more about why China works so well. What were the real circumstances behind the CPC’s establishment of “the new China” (Xin Zhongguo)? How did the CPC keep the people’s support despite its mistakes? How is the CPC solving the problem of feeding 1.3 billion people? How has the CPC integrated socialism with the market economy?

This book presents explanations to 13 such questions from a historical perspective, which will enlighten both domestic and international audiences. Full of factual stories and actual photographs, it is an easy-to-understand and readable book for those who are interested in current China and its CPC.

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About the editor:
Xie Chuntao is a professor and deputy director of the Teaching and Research Department of CPC History at the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC. He was born in Linshu County, Shandong Province, in February 1963. From 1978 to 1988 he studied at the Shandong Normal University, Zhejiang University and Renmin University of China, and has a B.A. in Education, and an M.A. and PhD in Law. He has been teaching and doing research on the history of the CPC at the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC since 1988. His publications include The Turmoil of the Great Leap Forward and A Brief History of the 1959 Mount Lushan Meeting. He compiled and edited A History of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, China in Transition: from 1976 to 1982, An Illustrated History of the 50 Years of the PRC, and China Through the Ages – from Confucius to Deng (English edition). In addition, he has published over 100 articles. He is now an executive council member and deputy secretary-general of the History Society of the CPC.

The volume by Chinese scholars provides foreign readers with a good overview and a considerable amount of data on the evolution of the Communist Party of China (CPC) over nine decades. It offers Chinese perspectives on many complicated and sensitive subjects – even if foreign readers and scholars do not agree with these perspectives, they should still be aware of them.

-- David Shambaugh, professor and director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University, USA