OLD CHINA HAND
The Man Who Loved China:
The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlo
by Simon Winchester
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The preeminent story of our time will not be the occupation of Iraq or the war on terror, but the shift of economic, technological, and geopolitical power to the East—specifically, China. Newspaper editors have coined a name for this story—“the rise of China”—but that’s not quite right. China isn’t rising the way the United States rose from a scattering of rustic colonies to a global superpower in two centuries, or the way Japan rose from an isolated island to the world’s second-largest economy in little more than half that time. Home to 1.3 billion people, with a history measured in millennia, China isn’t in fact rising so much as returning to its rightful place as the fulcrum of the world.
It’s a story that Joseph Needham foresaw. As the nation was at its weakest in the first half of the last century—riven
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