Book Recommendation : March,2016

1.China’s Energy Strategy : The Impact on Bejing’s Maritime Policies

Author:Gabriel B. Collins and Andew S. Erickson , 
Publisher : Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 30/04/2012   Views: 576 pages

    IntroductionA variety of viewpoints is offered in this timely analysis of China‘s economy and the future shape of Beijing s energy consumption. The authors, all noted authorities in the fields of economics, diplomacy, energy, and defence, consider an unprecedented range of influences and factors to avoid the limitations of looking at the subject myopically or with political bias. They conclude that while energy insecurity could eventually lead to an arms race at sea or even a naval conflict that neither side wants, there is ample room for Sino-American energy dialogue and co-operation in the maritime domain.

 

 

2.Green Innovation in China:
China's Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

Author:Joanna I. Lewis
Publisher : 
Columbia University Press
Publication date: 21/12/2012   Views: 304 pages

    IntroductionAs the greatest coal-producing and consuming nation in the world, China would seem an unlikely haven for wind power. Yet the country now boasts a world-class industry that promises to make low-carbon technology more affordable and available to all. Conducting an empirical study of China's remarkable transition and the possibility of replicating their model elsewhere, Joanna I. Lewis adds greater depth to a theoretical understanding of China's technological innovation systems and its current and future role in a globalized economy. Lewis focuses on China's specific methods of international technology transfer, its forms of international cooperation and competition, and its implementation of effective policies promoting the development of a home-grown industry. Just a decade ago, China maintained only a handful of operating wind turbines-all imported from Europe and the United States. Today, the country is the largest wind power market in the world, with turbines made almost exclusively in its own factories. Following this shift reveals how China's political leaders have responded to domestic energy challenges and how they may confront encroaching climate change. The nation's escalation of its wind power use also demonstrates China's ability to leapfrog to cleaner energy technologies-an option equally viable for other developing countries hoping to bypass gradual industrialization and the "technological lock-in" of hydrocarbon-intensive energy infrastructure. Though setbacks are possible, China could one day come to dominate global wind turbine sales, becoming a hub of technological innovation and a major instigator of low-carbon economic change.

 

3.China's Path to Informatization

Author:Qu Weizhi 
Publisher: 
Cengage Learning Asia
Publication date: 01/06/2010   Views: 280 pages

     IntroductionIn August 2001, China established the State Informatization Leading Group (SILG) and the State Council Informatization Office (SCITO), headed by the premier of the State Council, China s Cabinet. During the Tenth Five-Year Plan (2001-2005) period, SILG had formulated strategies and made a series of important decisions and plans for mid- and long-term development. The ceaseless endeavors over the last few years have resulted in remarkable achievements, representing a great leap forward in carrying out informatization with Chinese characteristics and ushering China into a new phase of overall, diversified development.
      China s Path to Informatization reviews this process and sums up the experience accumulated along the way, which will serve as important guidelines for the future development of informatization in China. The book comprises five chapters, each focusing on different aspects such as the trends of IT development; the informatization endeavors of other countries; China s understanding and implementation of informatization; major measures and achievements by China in various sectors; and the future trends and tasks of informatization in the upcoming 5-10 years in accordance with the National Informatization Development Strategy: 2006-2020.


4.Varieties of Governance in China:
Migration and Institutional Change in Chinese Villages

Authr: Jie Lu
Publisher: 
OUP USA
Publication date: 15/01/2015   Views: 312 pages

    Introduction:Varieties of Governance in China is the first book to use a coherent framework to simultaneously examine various aspects of rural China's governance-including public goods provision, conflict resolution, disaster and crisis relief, and raising modest credit and small loans-covering both formal and informal institutions. It is also the first book to systematically examine how community structural transformation, primarily driven by rural-urban migration, affects the performance and change of institutions in rural China, as well as their implications for Chinese villages' decentralized governance.



5.The Wisdom of Confucius

Author: YuTang Lin
Publisher: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press
Publication date: 15/01/2015   Views: 312 pages

   Introduction:The strangest figure that meets us in the annals of Oriental thought is that of Confucius. To the popular mind he is the founder of a religion, and yet he has nothing in common with the great religious teachers of the East. We think of Siddartha, the founder of Buddhism, as the very impersonation of romantic asceticism, enthusiastic self-sacrifice, and faith in the things that are invisible. Zoroaster is the friend of God, talking face to face with the Almighty, and drinking wisdom and knowledge from the lips of Omniscience. Mohammed is represented as snatched up into heaven, where he receives the Divine communication which he is bidden to propagate with fire and sword throughout the world. These great teachers lived in an atmosphere of the supernatural. They spoke with the authority of inspired prophets. They brought the unseen world close to the minds of their disciples. They spoke positively of immortality, of reward or punishment beyond the grave. The present life they despised, the future was to them everything in its promised satisfaction. The teachings of Confucius were of a very different sort. Throughout his whole writings he has not even mentioned the name of God. He declined to discuss the question of immortality. When he was asked about spiritual beings, he remarked, "If we cannot even know men, how can we know spirits?" Yet this was the man the impress of whose teaching has formed the national character of five hundred millions of people. A temple to Confucius stands to this day in every town and village of China. His precepts are committed to memory by every child from the tenderest age, and each year at the royal university at Pekin the Emperor holds a festival in honor of the illustrious teacher.

 

Note:All of the books mentioned above can be found in the MCS library, available exclusively to the teachers and students of MCS. You are required to make an appointment in advance when borrowing a book due to the high demand.

 

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