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The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

Sustaining Growth: Energy and Natural Resources
Sustaining Growth: Energy and Natural Resources
Jo Inge Bekkevold Øystein Tunsjø
Introduction

China is the largest consumer of the world's natural resources. In 2011, China became the largest global energy consumer and power generator. China is the world's top coal producer, consumer and importer and accounts for almost half of global coal consumption. China is the second-largest oil consumer in the world behind the United States. Its enormous appetite for hydrocarbons has resulted in China becoming the world's biggest energy-related carbon dioxide emitter. China is also the number one country in terms of mining production value. China has considerable mineral and petroleum reserves, and the extractive sector (includes crude oil, gas, coal ...

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