The West views this Asian country as a new world economic dynamo, but also as a closed society captive to its dated Communist structure.
The year 2008 is likely to be the Year of China.
The Olympics will move China to the front of world attention, much as its rapid economic rise has already allowed it to surpass the United States in generating global economic growth. But the China the world will see this summer is one that is jampacked with contradictions. I visited China for the first time in December, and the two faces of this country jumped out at me every turn. [Full Text]