I am currently in the Helsinki airport, returning from a great trip to China. One of the books that I read during my visit was China Shakes the World, by James Kynge. I had been to China three times previously and could sense the scope of what is happening there, but it wasn’t until I read this book that I felt like I got a good macro-picture idea of the forces inside China and interacting between China the rest of the world.
As soon as I get back to Joensuu, I want to briefly summarize some of the thoughts and my reactions regarding the following four topics:
The size and scope of industry in China
The strengths of China
The weak spots of China
The challenges and questions in the future for all of us
(Me at Chongqing, on the Yangtze River – city talked about in Chapter 2 of the book. Perhaps in the coming decade Chongqing might become the largest city on earth, with nearly 32 million people currently in the immediate municipality)