Monday, January 10, 2005

Habouring Thoughts

The Chinese have announced figures which show that Shanghai is now the world's biggest harbour, knocking Rotterdam off the top spot it has enjoyed for many years. The figures come from the Chinese government and so are possibly not completely to be trusted. But they are believable. Shanghai's (and indeed the whole of China's) growth of late has been phenomenal.

There's a lot of 'em, and the contry is no longer run on purely communist lines, if indeed it ever was. In fact, in my experience, the Chinese are not natural communists. They have an entrepreneurial spirit that leaves most countries to shame.

There have been a few stories about Shanghai over the last few months. Not for any single reason, but they have all served to give me pangs of something like home sickness. I think another visit is due.

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