This book is very useful for anyone studying Chinese demographics, sociology or development. It has a plethora of maps and statistics that will help to build an image in the eye of the reader of China’s developmental momentum, including its multitudinal problems.
However, be aware that the data is essentially a snapshot in time from surveys and data collected prior to publishing and this book’s usefulness will decline as new data becomes available. With the speed that China is developing, clearly this book will need to be republished every few years.
Just now, however, it is still a very worthy purchase to give you a better understanding of the internal and external state of China, as well as the trends and mechanics of this huge nation.