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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


College of Business & Professional Studies

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Business Administration


Business Administration


state-owned, Party, hinterlands, rural, production, agriculture


The recent collapse of communism in the Easter European Bloc has shifted the entire historical mission of socialism onto the shoulders of the People's Republic of China. China has been undergoing change since the 1980s, even before the Soviets took any practical steps toward reforming its social system, a system they had used for more than 70 years.

In an effort to understand what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen to China, this paper attempts to introduce the facts before and after the establishment of the Chinese "special economic zones", analyze their significance, their problems and achievements as well as link the reform in the special economic zones with the reform in the rest of the country. Efforts have been made to introduce basic socialist economic theory, set-up of the special economic zones, development of the special economic zones, and the problems and achievement of the reforms in the special economic zones in general. Special efforts have been made to analyze the impact of the reform in the special economic zones on the overall reform, particularly in the foreign trade sector, rural economy sector and political reform.

The research for this paper was made in 1988. A great deal of time has passed since then, during this period of time many historical events have taken place. However, China does not seem affected sticks to its own course. Even so I have done further research on my paper during its finishing stage. Great efforts were made to update material on the political reform section of the paper. I hope this paper will be of help to those who are interested in China and want to know what role China will play for the new world economic and political order.

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