Fundamental elements of the China model

Enfu Cheng, Xiangyang Xin

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The present study takes as its departure point theoretical reflections on the concept of ‘model’
for a discussion of the China model in particular, a model that has attracted increasing attention
all over the world due to China’s dramatic development. It surveys the origin and major
conceptualizations of the China model in both the Chinese and the international context and
presents on that basis a series of fundamental constituents of the China model in relation to
China’s economic, political, cultural and social development. Its central point is that the
China model expresses socialism with Chinese characteristics, and therefore constitutes a
developing country model with qualities that are specific to the Chinese context.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Critical Thought
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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