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    #1

    China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

    1) China has been through a period of rapid growth.
    2) China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

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    I am not sure whether my understating is correct.
    Sentence 1 implies that so far China has been enjoying a period of rapid growth, but we don't know whether the growth will sustain in future.
    Sentence 2 implies that a period of rapid growth for China is over. China might have to embrace a less rapid growth rate, or even worse.

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    #2

    Re: China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

    If you want a sentence that has a closer connection to the present, say:

    China has been undergoing a period of rapid growth.
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    #3

    Re: China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

    Do you want to talk about imply?
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    #4

    Re: China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

    There is a lot of 'overlap' in meaning and usage of these two words:
    a. Have you ever been to Xian?
    b. Have you ever gone to Xian?
    They're not really the same thing, but the only way to be in Xian is to go to Xian, so the end understanding is the same: Were you ever physically present in that city?

    Forced to understand the meaning of your two examples as stand-alone sentences, your explanations are mostly correct. But we almost never encounter single sentences with no context in real life so, from a practical standpoint, they would probably have the same meaning. Further context might separate them in meaning as you have, but I doubt it.

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    #5

    Re: China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    1) China has been through a period of rapid growth.
    2) China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

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    I am not sure whether my understating is correct.
    Sentence 1 says that so far China has been enjoying a period of rapid growth, but we don't know whether the growth will sustain in future.
    Sentence 2 says that a period of rapid growth for China is over. China might have to embrace a less rapid growth rate, or even worse.
    As has already been noted, there is no reason to make such a distinction. (Why do you want to work so hard?) Also, we don't know what the future will bring in any case.
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    Re: China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

    The wider context of the view of the economic progress would give the answer.

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    #7

    Re: China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    2) China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

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    Sentence 2 implies that a period of rapid growth for China is over. China might have to embrace a less rapid growth rate, or even worse.
    I think sentence 2 does not imply so in a different context: "China has gone through a period of rapid growth, which will presumably continue."
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    #8

    Re: China has gone through a period of rapid growth.

    Both sentences could imply either that the growth is over or not- it's the context that would tell us whether the writer considers it over:

    China has been through a period of rapid growth in recent decades, but the future looks even brighter.
    China has been through a period of rapid growth in recent decades, but the future looks grim.

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