From Asia Media:
Some time in the eighties, like a lumbering jumbo jetliner, packed with more than a billion people and untold historical baggage, China began to move forward. Inch by inch, then yard by yard, then mile by mile, struggling to gain ground speed, this giant finally, slowly, almost miraculously began to take off. Struggling with all that weight, it gradually lifted skyward.
And then, sometime in the nineties, the Chinese economy actually began to soar — and at a respectable cruising altitude. By the new millennium, it had come to be fully airborne, seemingly stable and cruising along.
But let us hope that this historical anomaly never runs out of jet fuel. If it does, it would probably drop out of the sky and plummet to earth faster than you can say — oh –“Summer Olympics.” [Full Text]