Putting China's dramatic transformation into perspective

Over the course of three decades, I've seen China's home runs balance out a few truly weird economic moments.

I have been to so many countries in the last decade that my carbon footprint is Yeti-size. But one country I haven’t been to for 32 years is the one I’m in now: China.

What a difference three decades makes: my visit in 1981-82 coincided with the trial of the Gang of Four; now many sub-25 Chinese think that must be the name of a new boy band they yet haven’t heard of.

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