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China has a long history as a textile producer. In the late eighteenth century, in many areas of textile weaving and dyeing, Western Europeans were still working on imitating Chinese processes, and textile production was important in many urban and rural areas, especially in the Yangzi Delta, where it was strongly encouraged by the Qing dynasty. During the nineteenth century, the disintegration of the imperial regime prevented the development of an indigenous industrial revolution and spurred the ambitions of the industrialised countries to penetrate the Chinese market with cheap textile goods. It is only after the reform policies launched in 1978 that China was able to industrialise and regain a major role in the global textile industry…

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Bibliographical reference

Gilles Guiheux, « Editorial », China Perspectives, 2015/3 | 2015, 3-4.

Electronic reference

Gilles Guiheux, « Editorial », China Perspectives [Online], 2015/3 | 2015, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 08 May 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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Gilles Guiheux

Gilles Guiheux is a sociologist, professor at Paris Diderot University, and a member of the Centre for Social Sciences Research on African, American, and Asian worlds (CESSMA).CESSMA, Université Paris Diderot, case courrier 7017, 75205 Paris Cedex 13, France (

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