China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future – by James Kynge

By James Kynge

“Let China sleep, for whilst she wakes, she is going to shake the world.” Napoleon’s phrases appear eerily prescient at the present time, because the surprise waves from China’s awakening reverberate around the world. Award-winning journalist James Kynge takes degree of the tremors made as China’s starving starvation for jobs, uncooked fabrics, strength, and foodstuff — and its export of products, staff, and investments — tremendously reshapes global alternate and politics. via dramatic tales of the folk who're using China's transformation — marketers and visionaries, manufacturing unit employees and shop clerks — Kynge describes the breakneck upward push of China, the extreme difficulties the rustic now faces, and the implications of either.

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This trend, taken in its entirety, is truly awe-inspiring. In 1949, the year of the revolution, the number of Chinese cities with a population of more than a million was only five, and those with between 500,000 and 1 million inhabitants numbered just eight. 4 Japan, by contrast, has only six cities with more than a million inhabitants. Yet China's urbanization is still in its infancy. 5 Even at that level, China may be only slightly more than 70 percent urbanized, compared with prevailing rates of around 90 percent for the United Kingdom and the United States, just over 80 percent for France THE FUTURE IS THE PAST * 29 and Germany, and JJ percent for Japan.

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