AgentMarkets & Economy

China’s construction scale follows in U.S. footsteps

Developing nation cuts through red tape
Published on Aug 13, 2010

Editor's note: Arrol Gellner is currently on an extended stay near Shanghai. The following is one of a series of columns comparing the built environments of America and China. "So do the Chinese still like Obama?" I asked a longtime Chinese colleague who'd just picked me up from the Shanghai airport. I expected a spirited answer one way or the other, as was usual when questions about America came up. Instead, he just shrugged. "They don't really care," was his reply. This, in a nutshell, summarizes China's current level of concern for the United States. With the Chinese economy still roaring and development in high gear, events in America -- superpower or not -- are rapidly becoming irrelevant. I've just returned to China after a year-and-a-half absence. My previous visit came during the early throes of our euphemistically named "recession," and even at that time, I thought I'd detected a faint shift in how Americans were regarded.But now the ...

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