The first two parts of the paper, published in a sequence in Vol. 23, Nos. 3 and 4, surveyed the history of China covering several millennia up to the creation of the united republic. Further on the history of two major areas of national minorities was also presented. Part III published in Vol. 24, No.1 of the periodical studied the relationship between modern China and the United States. Parts IV and V currently published offer an insight into present-day China, outlining the paths, pitfalls and question marks of the 'Chinese miracle'.