Variety of articles, lessons and activities describing the economic situation in China today and its connection to the United States and world economies.

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Economics correspondent, Paul Solmon, reports from China.
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An article from the Economist about China's influence in Africa. It looks at the pros and cons of the growth of Chinese investors.
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China Matters Slide Show

by World Affairs Council Seattle

This is a 100 image slide show to accompany China Matters: Exploring this Multidimensional Land and People.
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China Timeline PDF

by Stephen O'Connor

A PDF timeline of Chinese History with active links to Wikipedia articles for each period.
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China's Environmental Challenge (PDF)

by World Affairs Council Seattle

In this curriculum unit, students will learn about China's current environmental situation and explore the complex challenges facing the leadership and the peoples of this diverse land. This unit includes an environmental quiz and extensive fact sheets. In a role-playing exercise, students will use primary sources to explore multiple perspectives and points of view.
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Examines population growth in China and China's solutions to the problem. Students are asked to imagine themselves a Chinese citizen and evaluate the policy. This resource is part of Unit 9: Development and the Social Studies 7 course.
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China: Global Studies Lesson Plans and Units

by World Affairs Council Seattle

These units on China were created during the 2007-08 school year. They are aligned with Washington State assessment requirements (Classroom Based Assessments - CBA's), but will be useful to anyone teaching about current issues facing China and the world.
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China: Factory of the World (PDF)

by World Affairs Council Seattle

These lesson plans, activities, and resources will help students begin to examine China's current industrial revolution and explore the benefits and costs of its spectacular growth.
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China's Great Leap Into The 21st Century

by World Affairs Council Seattle

"Mega" seems to be the word to describe China these days, with its mega population and mega economy. Without a doubt, phenomenal change is happening all across China. What does this mean for China? What does this mean for the world? On November 8th, GC hosted Sidney Rittenberg and his wife, Yulin, who discussed not only the changes taking place in China but how their lives have been intertwined with Chinese history over the past seventy years. We encourage you to explore our fifty-some page resource packet entitled: China's Great Leap into the 21st Century. You will find lesson plans for all grade levels with timely information about China's tremendous economic growth, contentious social and political issues, and China's foreign policy. New features include: highlighted information for stimulating classroom discussion (including K-12 Discussion Questions) and new resources geared to K-6 students.
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A Resource Packet for Educators compiled in 2009.
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"Balance of Trade" Script

by the.News http://www.pbs.org/newshour/thenews/

Trade between the United States and China is causing friction as the balance of trade tilts more and more in China's favor. The accompanying video can be found online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/thenews/theglobe/.
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"Balance of Trade" Lesson Plans

by the.News http://www.pbs.org/newshour/thenews/

Language Arts Curriculum: Provides an understanding of the Chinese market and leads students through writing a marketing promotion to sell a product in China. Economics Curriculum: helps students analyze the trade relationship between the U.S. and China. The accompanying video can be found online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/thenews/thedollar/.
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