[QODLink]
Special series

China Rising

A four-part series that gives a rare insight into the country on the move, with history in tow.

Last updated: 25 Jun 2014 09:01
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

After centuries of western dominance, the world’s centre of economic and political weight is shifting eastward.

In just 30 years, China has risen from long-standing poverty to being the second largest economy in the world – faster than any other country in history.

From angry farmers to weary migrant workers, powerful politicians and everyone in between, what China says and does has become of undeniable importance to the entire world.

Episode 1 - The Dramatic Rise

Although no other country in history has risen so quickly from poverty to prosperity as China has, for many in the world's most populous nation, those advances have come at a price.

The economic reforms that made the People's Republic's rise possible have also led to a harshly divided China. Divisions whose impacts could easily spread from disenfranchised indviduals to threaten the economic growth contemporary Chinese society has come to be based upon.

In the opening episode of this four-part series, we tell the stories behind these divisions, from the rising urban middle class to impoverished rural areas and the precarious existence of hundreds of millions of migrant workers on the fringes of some of the world's fastest growing cities.

Episode 2 - Power and the People

 

From the ruling Communist Party to filmmakers and bloggers, more and more people in China are looking to get their voices heard.

As blogs look to exploit their political potential and grassroots protests and mass incidents continue to increase in numbers, we analyse how the country run and how do the people get their say.

In this episode of China Rising, we look at how the people of one of the world's most powerful yet closed states, manage to reach the masses.

We interview authors who struggle with censorship and self-censorship, and examine the country's thriving film industry, which seeks to top Hollywood.

Episode 3 - The Fire Inside

 

Following the revolution of 1949, legislation regarding equality was passed, which was a huge step forward for China at the time.

And the economic reforms of recent decades have further improved the lives of women, yet it is the only country in the world where more women than men commit suicide, according to the World Health Organisation.

So, as China surges forward, how will society change and what role will the new generation play in this new global powerhouse?

Episode 4 - Made in China

 

China's economic role in the world is growing at a record pace, and it is also now a key player in world politics .

The country has no doubt become a global manufacturing giant, but how will it deal with issues on the home front such as increase in pollution and water shortages?

Although it has been confronted with tough environmental problems, efforts are being made to solve these.

In the final episode of this series, through a range of interviews from Africa, the EU, the US, and China, we find out how it is positioning itself as a major global player.

709

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.
join our mailing list