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Trade and Technology Networks in the Chinese Textile Industry

Opening Up Before the Reform

Authors: Brasó Broggi, Carles

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The aim of this book is to track the historical origins of China’s economic reforms. From the 1920s and 1930s strong ties were built between Chinese textile industrialists and foreign machinery importers in Shanghai and the Yangzi Delta. Despite the fragmentation of China, the contribution of these networks to the modernization of the country was important and longstanding. Facing the challenge of growing in a fragmented country, Chinese textile firms such as Dafeng, Dacheng and Lixin focused on urban markets and also on importing technology for upgrading their production. When the war against Japan blocked trade routes inside China, these networks were concentrated in Shanghai where they envisaged an export-oriented development strategy for China that was based on importing machinery and exporting manufactured products. However, this strategy was only implemented precariously in Shanghai, while the city stood as a neutral space in the first years of the Japanese occupation, but was only consolidated in Hong Kong in the late 1940s, where textile industrialist and most of the foreign importers migrated. These networks were thus reestablished in Hong Kong, where they contributed to the city's industrialization in the Cold War period. Meanwhile, the Chinese industrialists that stayed in Shanghai and the Yangzi Delta had to adapt to the Maoist regime and were progressively incorporated into the state-owned companies or the local government agencies such as the United Front or the Textile bureaus. However, from the early 1970s, the links between Hong Kong and Shanghai were reactivated and these networks played, again, a key role in the modernization of China, especially regarding the imports of technology and exports of manufactured goods. The book ends with the first joint-ventures between Hong Kong businessmen and Chinese local administrations that took place in the beginnings of China's economic reforms in 1979.
 

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Carles Braso Broggi is Assistant Professor at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Broggi, Carles Brasó

    Pages 1-17

  • The Origins of Dafeng, Lixin, and Dacheng

    Broggi, Carles Brasó

    Pages 19-34

  • Technology Networks in the Yangzi Delta

    Broggi, Carles Brasó

    Pages 35-49

  • Integrated Firms in a Dual Market

    Broggi, Carles Brasó

    Pages 51-65

  • War and Isolation

    Broggi, Carles Brasó

    Pages 67-81

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eBook £59.99
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Hardcover £75.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trade and Technology Networks in the Chinese Textile Industry
Book Subtitle
Opening Up Before the Reform
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49405-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137494054
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49404-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 221
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