While perusing the New York Times this morning, I think Monique and I may have identified an opportunity for improvement in our efforts to keep pace with Chinese economic development:
From the China Daily advertorial, page A13, of the Jan. 29, New York Times:
Some 84 projects averaging 2.55 billion yuan ($403 million) each are planned for development within the city limits of Chengdu. Together they are expected to create more than 250,000 jobs for locals.
Please contrast that with this advertisement on page A16, three pages later in the same New York Times:
While China is investing more than $30 billion in manufacturing, high-tech, green energy, and urban development projects in one of their large inland cities, we're tearing up our old railroad tracks and making jewelry out of them.
(For those who have never heard of Chengdu before, it's the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China. It's a city of 7.1 million people with a metropolitan area of more than 14 million people, which makes it about 50% larger than the Chicago metropolitan area, the U.S. inland city with which it is sometimes compared.)