China in a changing world


The chapter sets out the context for this study of Yunnan by reviewing the changes in China’s political economy and global relationships during a period of intensified global economic and commercial interactions (‘globalisation’). It looks in particular at developments between China and the Asian neighbourhood to the southwest which borders Yunnan, and at the role of provinces in China’s international relations.

Key words


western China

global political economy

China and Asia

energy security


Yunnan’s economy and society have developed rapidly in the early twenty-first century. Like many other provinces in inland China, Yunnan’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates since around 2006 ...

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