China has come a long way in 50 years – Tom Hyland

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High fashion from Giorgio Armani, who is about to stage an exhibition in Shanghai and hopes to expand his presence in China.

OFF to Highpoint or Chadstone today? Looking for clothes or sports shoes? Toys for the kids? Toys for yourself ” a plasma-screen TV or a computer? Chances are they’ll be made in China, and they’ll be cheaper than they’ve ever been.

Planning on buying a new car in the next three or four years? Chances are you might consider one of the Chinese models tipped to come onto the Australian market, which might set you back just $10,000 ” cheaper than they’ve ever been.

While you’re busily buying goods from China, our second-largest source of imports, the Chinese cannot get enough of our raw materials. They’re our second-largest export market as their booming factories devour our minerals, wool and other primary produce. And they want more: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is hoping to win agreements to buy Australian uranium when he meets Prime Minister John Howard in Canberra tomorrow.

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