The Biggest China Story of 2007 – Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
From FEER Forum:
When historians of the future look back on 2007 from a decade or so down the road, what will they single out as the year’s big China story? They’ll certainly have plenty of options to choose from, since the international press has carried a dizzyingly wide range of China headlines lately, dealing with everything from toy recalls to carbon emissions, space exploration to currency controls, Beijing’s Olympic preparations to Pudong getting the world’s tallest skyscraper.
There have been so many print, broadcast and online reports devoted to the P.R.C. this year, in fact, that our future historians might decided that a sense of the non-stop newsworthiness of the world’s most populous country was 2007’s biggest China story. Western fascination with and concern about the P.R.C. has been growing for years. But it’s reached a tipping point. Previously, when China made global headlines for months on end, there was something specific you could point to, like Nixon going to Beijing or Tiananmen. But that’s not the case now. [Full Text]