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At the start of the century China was a reluctant international actor. By the end of the century, China is a force with which the world must reckon. This volume of China Briefing 2000: The Continuing Transformation examines China at the turn of the twentieth century. The topics discussed are extensive and cover the period 1997–99, coming right to the cusp of the twenty-first century. Many of the chapters were completed over the summer of 1999 and anticipate developments in the Sino-American relationship, particularly the agreement between the United States and China on terms for China's entry into the World Trade Organization.

China and China-Taiwan relations. If 1997 marked a high note for China with the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty after a century and a half of British colonial rule, as the century came to an end the majority of the notes appeared to be low ones. As Nancy Bernkopf Tucker discusses, Taiwan forged ahead in its strategy of stretching the linguistic and policy limits of a "one China" policy, undeterred by Chinese threats and a show of force in 1996 and 1999. -China relations took a roller-coaster run, as the predictable array of conflicts—most favored nation trade status, China's entry into the World Trade Organization, the security of Taiwan, human rights abuses, and military weapons sales—were upstaged by the even bigger allegations hurled at each other of nuclear weapons espionage by China and calculated attack on Chinese citizens (in the Belgrade embassy) by the United States.

S. dollar vis-à-vis the euro. 18. Jianying Zha, China Pop (New York: Free Press, 1995). Page 21 who is not college educated, flouted the conventions of Chinese literature and showed no deference to his better-educated colleagues. Another turning point was the popularity of Yearnings (Kewang),18 a soap opera featuring stock characters but written in part by respected writers Zheng Wanlong and Wang Shuo (who were quickly accused of selling out). The show attracted a huge audience and marked a turning point in the commercialization of culture.

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