China’s Leaders Laud the Little Village That Could – Edward Cody
From the Washington Post (link)
Wu Renbao saw the future of his little village long ago, and it worked. It worked so well that Huaxi has become the richest village in China.
As a result, Huaxi has been cited by Communist Party leaders as an example of what they mean when they vow to build a “new socialist countryside” to help farmers share in China’s prosperity and halt the protests and riots that have erupted with increasing frequency across the country.
Although it is doubtful Huaxi’s exceptional wealth can be duplicated everywhere, the transformation of this community, in Jiangsu province 85 miles northwest of Shanghai, has inspired imitation in a number of villages. In the process, it has opened a window on what China’s Communist Party hopes will be the future of this huge, fast-growing nation.