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Parting thoughts on China's quirks and challenges

March 22, 2011
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Observations on the country's building boom, drivers, high-speed trains and corporate slogans.
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Visits at key times give IU prof unique view of China

March 21, 2011
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The contrast between Bruce Jaffee's first visit—in 1981—and his latest trip this month could hardly be greater.
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Geely plant churns out cars on the cheap

March 18, 2011
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It’s striking how little workers at this Geely factory earn, by U.S. standards at least: roughly $5,500 to $7,300 a year.
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Why the Communist Party is obsessed with GDP

March 17, 2011
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All the talk during our visit in China about gross domestic product makes it easy to forget this is still a Communist country.
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Why the colonel rules China

March 15, 2011
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In 1987, KFC became the first fast-food chain to enter mainland China, and it’s never looked back.
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China makes unprecedented English-language push

March 14, 2011
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China has made educating its population in English a big priority. And when this Communist government decides something is important, it goes all out.
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Heading to China, where big cities are getting bigger

March 11, 2011
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The population of China's 10 largest cities alone equates to roughly one-third of the U.S. population.
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