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Present-day China is influenced by over 5,000 years of history. In 1949, Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China and collectivised agriculture, outlawed private enterprise and steered a socialist ship of state. By the early 1980s, China, under Chairman Deng Xiaoping, saw private enterprises re-emerge, transforming China's economy from centrally-planned to market-based.

Since the 1980s, there have been significant economic reforms, a strong state hand and openness to trade, investment and outside culture. China has become a land where, as Chairman Deng Xiaoping said, ‘to get rich is glorious’, but deep economic divides remain. In 2007, China's Gini coefficient was 0.496, one of the highest in the world. Despite its impressive economic growth, China has mounting social issues and challenging environmental problems.

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Publication date: June 14, 2010

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