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As of 2013, China has the second-largest economy in the world, in terms of nominal GDP. No other country in history has risen so quickly from poverty to prosperity. How is this possible? How did the rise take place and what happened along the way? This first episode of the series China on China is a historical overview of the oldest and possibly most modern country in the world. Through images and interviews the documentary shows the important role leaders like Mao and Deng Xiaoping played in this transition, but also how citizens contributed to the new economic power China is nowadays.
About the series
China on China is an eight-part documentary series dealing with politics and daily life in todays China. After centuries of Western dominance, the worldâs center of economic and political weight is shifting eastward. In just 30 years, China has risen from longstanding poverty to being the second largest economy in the world, faster than any other country in history. What China says and does is therefore of great importance to the entire world. The series provides a rare insight into the reinvention of this Eastern superpower.