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Chemical Industry
(2,023 words)

1. Historical and Structural Conditions

Even though chemistry has a long-standing history in China, its modern development only set in after the reforms of 1978. If we define chemical industry as the utilization of scientific knowledge concerning the molecular transformation of substances, then this late development is explained primarily by the low relevance …

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Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, “Chemical Industry”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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