What challenges confront twenty-first-century China, and how might their resolution influence the country’s (and indeed the world’s) trajectory? The Spring 2014 issue of Dædalus considers China’s problems as the growing pains of a still developing country, not necessarily as the death pangs of a Communist state doomed to imminent extinction. Through exploration of the complex domestic issues facing contemporary China, the contributors to the issue form a nuanced vision of the rapidly changing country, drawing global lessons from both its failures and accomplishments.

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Villagers gather outside a house in Yuangudui, Gansu Province, China. © by REUTERS/Carlos Barria.
Villagers gather together in rural China
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Villagers gather outside a house in Yuangudui, Gansu Province, China. © by REUTERS/Carlos Barria.