China Briefing, 1991

In This Review

China Briefing, 1991

Edited by William A. Joseph
Westview Press/New York: The Asia Society, 1992
213 pp. $34.85
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In the Asia Society's annual review Richard Baum argues that the trauma of Tiananmen continues to cast a dark shadow over the Chinese political scene. The Chinese Communist Party has suffered a dramatic loss of prestige and popularity; there is swelling religious and ethnic unrest in China's remote western provinces; and there is a rising tide of provincial economic assertiveness that borders on defiance of the center. Ed Winckler's informative survey of Taiwan reports that by the end of this decade Taiwan, with only 20 million people, could become the world's tenth-largest trader, the world's largest supplier of information products and the trade, financial and commercial center of the western Pacific.