China - Economy

Guiding Questions

1. What factors have accounted for China's economic growth? How does this relate to the economies of its fellow East Asian countries?

2. How do changes in China's economy and the U.S. economy affect one another? 

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  • After reading the book Country Driving and then examining the articles and TED talk, it is apparent how the Chinese culture looks for opportunity to succeed in life. Whether it is from designing a clasp for an undergarment to paving roads and expanding their tourism trade. They are always on the lookout for an idea to improve on and then pull people from outside to buy in on their idea and make money on it. They are looking for ways to improve their civilization one part at a time. Our society heavily relies on products produced in China which is one way their economy has grew throughout the years. They hold several securities for the United States.

    It is pretty amazing that it has gone from 2027 to 2020 as a prediction for China becoming the dominating economy for the world but then you are reading how things are slowing down. All indications though don't just show a slow down, they actually show a bigger market to be measured in, so then the argument seems to be is it really slowing down or is it just staying steady in a larger market setting?
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China 2017 OECD Economic Survey More resilient and inclusive growth

Understanding the Rise of China

Chinese currency and U.S. debt

Full course on floating exchange rates and resolving trade imbalance between the US and China can be found at Khan Academy

Made By China in America

Full lesson plan for the documentary found here

2016 Index of Economic Freedom


China Says Prepared to Lead Global Economy if Necessary, Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2017

What China Wants The Economist 

How Much is China's Economy Really Slowing? by Wade Shephard, Forbes, August 5, 2016

China says it will phase out ivory trade in 2017, CNN, December 2016

What it means if Trump names China a Currency Manipulator, by Paul Wiseman, Washington Post, December 2016

What Will Stop Trump From Starting a Trade War With China, by Robert Howse, Forbes, December 2016

Five Myths about the Chinese Economy by Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey & Company, November 2015

Trump’s Vow to Target China’s Currency Could Be First Step to Trade War by Ian Talley, Wall Street Journal , November 2016

These 5 Facts Explain Why China is Still On the Rise by Ian Bremmer, TIME, August 20, 2015

China's Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Explained InternshipsChina

What is Alibaba? produce by Marc Lajoie and Nick Shearman, The Wall Street Journal

How Walmart is Changing China by Orville Schell, The Atlantic, December 2011

These heartbreaking photos show what it’s like being a migrant in China by Michael Robinson Chavez, The Washington Post, September 2016

How China is preparing to build the world’s largest ‘supercity’, Michael Robinson Chavez, The Washington Post, September 2016

The Future of U.S.-China Trade Ties, Brookings Institution, October 2016

Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’, Edward Wong,The New York Times, October 2016

Lesson Plans & Resources

VIF International: China and Economic Expansion One of four units in the Global Economy theme exploring the increasing economic expansion of China and its effect on the world’s economy. Students will compare components of the Chinese economy with that of the United States, and examine working conditions in China.

Ten Ways to Investigate Transition in China The Learning Network, The New York Times