James Fallows
James Fallows

China Calling. A Chinese woman checks her mobile phone in Shanghai, China. Millions of Chinese have entered the middle class as growing exports supported new manufacturing jobs. While China remains the only one of the world’s five biggest economies still growing, many jobs have been lost in the wake of the world economic ­crisis.
China Calling. A Chinese woman checks her mobile phone in Shanghai, China. Millions of Chinese have entered the middle class as growing exports supported new manufacturing jobs. While China remains the only one of the world’s five biggest economies still growing, many jobs have been lost in the wake of the world economic ­crisis.
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Rising Powers: China
An Eye on China’s Rise
“Americans should work to understand China, not fear it or condescend to it.”

The last time James Fallows spent any time in China was the 1980s, when gray Mao suits seemed the only fashion trend and most Chinese traveled by bicycle.Times have changed. Bicycles have given way to cars, subways, and high-speed trains. Cities are being built from scratch, complete with high-rises and five-lane flyovers—all before the bulk of residents or businesses even move in. The rural poor are entering the urban middle class in droves. Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, is back in Beijing, documenting contemporary...

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