Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Garth Myers

Second Advisor

Xiangming Chen


This paper argues that China’s development is unbalanced, and to see the unbalance we must divide the concept of development into different categories representing its different aspects, such as economic, urban, social, and sustainable. By looking at the different characteristics of development through time, it is possible to see where the unbalance lies. Furthermore, we learn that by categorizing the nature of development, we can gain a more comprehensive insight into the development of individual countries. In conclusion, this paper proposes the creation of a possible Development Index, as it can provide greater understanding of each country’s development.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.