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By Maria Weber

This article bargains historical past to the Asian trouble from an financial, political and social perspective, and indicates attainable eventualities which may happen sooner or later. The research is split in elements. the 1st comprises sector stories of the most Asian nations through the challenge, starting with China, Japan and Southeast Asia, by means of South Asia and significant Asia. the second one makes a speciality of foreign variables, together with environmental, political, and local matters.

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Street clashes continue to occur, with occasional flare ups such as the one on Christmas Day in 1996, when a bomb was set off in front of a government building in Lhasa, wounding five people. 1 The reversion of Hong Kong From a political viewpoint, China’s management of Hong Kong, after one year, appears to be an overall success, although it may be too early to judge, following the winds of crises that hit East Asia in the months immediately after its reversion. The doomsayers forecasts of restrictions on citizens’ freedoms and rights have proved unfounded and Hong Kong’s social system has comfortably withstood the transition.

Great China: Towards the Year 2000 17 The road to reconciliation, however, is still littered with various obstacles, and not only on the part of the Chinese. Despite general international approval for the Dalai Lama’s readiness to talk, radical pro-independence groups strongly oppose it, as they consider that no agreement can be possible with the Chinese occupiers. Street clashes continue to occur, with occasional flare ups such as the one on Christmas Day in 1996, when a bomb was set off in front of a government building in Lhasa, wounding five people.

In his opening address as Prime Minister, Zhu Rongji assured that economic growth would be maintained at around 8 per cent for 1998 and 7 per cent in the following two years. The government, in response to the Asian crisis and the decline in Chinese exports at the beginning of 1998, partially modified its economic policy by trying to attract the more investment from Europe and the US and diversifying both the areas of destination of exports and the type of products. The fall in exports, due to a slump in demand for commodities from the Asian countries, could force the Chinese government into devaluing the RMB.

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