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The Chinese have long since been an enterprising group of people Long before the introduction of Western technologies and ideas this country has had a history of local industry dating back some 2000 years These innovative people from an early time produced paper gunpowder and silk and printing with one of the first movable type In all the manufacture of luxury items fine handcrafts metal crafting and the manufacture of tools were all well established businesses long before the onset of western entrepreneurs Comptons InteractiveOne of the first goals of the Communists after 1949 was to develop the growth of heavy industry The practice following the model of the Soviet Union They attempted to attract industrial development in the interior sections of China The thought here was that there was already significant wealth in the old treaty port cities New steel mills were constructed at Wuhan on the Yangtze and at Baotou in the Interior Mangolia Other interior cities also grew at a rapid pace The communists took advantage as well of coastal cities such as Shanghai Shanghai and the like were attractive due to their location and transportation systems These areas provided skilled labor and swift access to international During what the Chinese called The Great Leap Forward there were large investments in heavy industry There were small scale versions of these industries such as steel refining The program was abandoned however when it caused great disruptions in the economic growth of the country A ten year plan was established in which economic conditions improved through a greater use of privately owned enterprises as opposed to the old state-owned businesses The idea for private enterprises proved to be a good one The annual gross domestic product GDP has grown over the years to over 5446 billion dollars by the early 1990s Agriculture reached even the rural areas The industrial output through manufacturing mining electricity generation and building and construction grew at an amazing rate
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