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China as a semi-periphery region?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by rsagona1, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. rsagona1

    rsagona1 Hello

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    Ladies and gents,
    Writing a paper. Need some reasons to back up my argument that it's a semi-periphery region. So far I have:
    *Lacks a strong middle class
    *Can't pay its large workforce the wages that we can

    but at the same time it's not a complete periphery region because:
    *it does have a strong work force
    *industrialized


    Can anyone think of a few others?

    Thanks in advanced:faint:
     
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    Burn Taco Hack

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    seems to have no designers for most products......copy other nations

    makes a cheaper version of said products......

    markets said products fairly well....
     

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    RonS Millennium Member

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    Did you read the GE report on how they were redefining the world markets?

    Was: US, Euope, rest of world.

    Now: Resource rich areas, population rich areas, rest of world.

    Times are changing.
     
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    rsagona1 Hello

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    I didn't read that, are you saying they may not be considered a semi? I mean, an importamnt aspect of a core region is to be capitalist, which they are not.
     
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    Burn Taco Hack

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    I was under the impression that it depended on who you asked...that certian european schools of thought said that a stable "Finacial Government" was needed no necisarily a "Capitalist" one???
     
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    rsagona1 Hello

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    You're probably right, I really don't know much about this topic. I'm screwd.
     
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    China is capitalist in many ways. You can start up a company and make lots of money in China. All your wealth does no belong to the state like a true communist nation. It is a hybrid.
     
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    Is this Wallerstein you're talking about? Do you have to use his criteria for core/periphery?

    I think Tom Barnett's Gap/Core dynamic is A LOT better and, if you read The Pentagon's New Map , he lays out his definitions of the Core and Gap using easily measurable criteria such as GDP, Internet connectivity, life expectancy, etc.

    Also, for more on China try China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy. This book illustrates a lot of fault lines in China's system. Dr. Pei, a Chinese dissident (this a rare bird in America - a book about China by someone who speaks Chinese) and Harvard educated political scientist who wrote Transition addresses several major issues with China's legal and financial system and provides a framework to contrast them with either the U.S. or any other nation.

    Also read The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukyama, Political Order in Changing Societies by Sam Huntington and either the Lexus and the Olive Tree or the World is Flat by Tom Friedman. Lot's of good stuff covering political/economic development in all three of these books.
     
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    .264 magnum CLM

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    Scattershooting...........

    1. Has to import almost all of it's high end machine tooling from The USA, Japan and some from Europe.

    2. Female infanticide and infanticide

    3. Censorship of all kinds

    4. Limited mobility

    5. Hundreds of millions of illiterate subsistence farmers

    6. Extremely uneven healthcare availability

    7. Uneven food distribution especially in the north and west of China