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The Chinese Model of Development: Characteristics, Interpretations, Implications

In: Perspectives on Global Development and Technology
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Alvin Y. So Division of Social Science Hong Kong University of Science and Technology soalvin@ust.hk

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Influenced by promising economic indicators, the mass media and policy circles have begun to use the term “China Model” to celebrate China’s fast-speed development. However, researchers are still not clear what exactly the China Model is. This paper provides a critical examination of the China Model of development. This paper starts with a discussion of what are the major characteristics of the China Model and why the developing countries are attracted to them. Then this paper argues that researchers should not take the China Model for granted because its ingredients are highly contested. Finally, this paper discusses what implication the China Model has for developing countries.

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