With a population of 1¼ billion people and the world’s second largest economy, China is fast becoming one of the most powerful and important countries in the world. But while it is one of the world’s oldest civilisations, China refuses to conform to expectations. The country’s controversial policies, ranging from the one child policy to the repression of opposition groups, have placed it at odds with other world powers, and yet its influence in the world is growing ever stronger. We all need to know more about this fascinating country. John Farndon explores the changing face of modern China and its fundamental contradictions, as a communist state where business is booming, as a nation that continues to support North Korea even as it develops its relationships with the West. Getting to the heart of these and other inconsistencies, Farndon gives a fascinating introduction to the country as it is now and as it will be in the future, revealing how China’s changing face will affect us all.