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The decade of 1928-37 was one of consolidation and
accomplishment by the Guomindang. Some of the harsh aspects of
foreign concessions and privileges in China were moderated through
diplomacy. The government acted energetically to modernize the
legal and penal systems, stabilize prices, amortize debts, reform
the banking and currency systems, build railroads and highways,
improve public health facilities, legislate against traffic in
narcotics, and augment industrial and agricultural production.
Great strides also were made in education and, in an effort to help
unify Chinese society, in a program to popularize the national
language and overcome dialectal variations. The widespread
establishment of communications facilities further encouraged a
sense of unity and pride among the people.
Data as of July 1987