In modern China, globalization, technology, reform, and historical tradition have combined to create a dynamic and diverse country, where free-market forces coexist with Communism and individuals seek their fortunes. Yet while China soars, many in the West harbor a growing suspicion of its intentions. What does China's economic muscle portend for the rest of the world? Will a strong China be peaceful or aggressive? A China Primer for Students answers these questions and provides students with a greater understanding of this populous nation. It also helps students discern where China fits in the global framework and how it influences the international community. This book provides a chronological history of China from the Neolithic Age to the present, including major challenges, and current political developments.