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Is China's rise sustainable?

2010-03-19

October 1 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and Professor James Miller at Queen’s University can discuss if China’s rise in economic development is sustainable.
“In the 60 years since its founding, China has made extraordinary progress in terms of economic development, but it now realizes that following a path of Western-style industrialization is no longer sustainable, ecologically or socially, as a model for development,” states Professor Miller.
He adds, “China's leaders are now seeking alternative models of economic development and they are backing this up in a uniquely Chinese way with efforts to create a ‘culture of ecological sustainability.’
“More than simple propaganda, this attempt at cultural re-engineering represents an important complement to legislation and technology as a means to change the mindset of Chinese people and to transform China into a sustainable economy over the 21st century.”
A professor of Religious Studies at Queen's University, James Miller’s current research investigates the relationship between religion, nature and modernization in China.
To arrange an interview, please contact Jeff Drake at 613.533.2877 jeff.drake@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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