China has opened what is now the largest building in the world. It’s called the “New Century Global Center” and it has a beach. Honest.
The Center is practically an enclosed city. From The Guardian:
[It’s] . . . an entire seaside resort, along with a 14-screen Imax cinema, Olympic-sized ice rink, two five-star hotels and its own Mediterranean shopping village – all wrapped with a vast ribbon of offices. Sprawling for 1.7m square metres, it could fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses beneath its glass roof.
They’re billing it as a business center and resort destination where – well, let’s hear it from them: “where recreation has become the core value of modern business concepts and business will become a way of life.”
This is a video tour of the place (The headline comes from the English language voice-over script – so very Chinese, so very “all your data are belong to us”.)
Don’t bother watching it all – the tour starts at 6:44.
I see the GOP is determined to cut the budget of the F.D.A., even as Europe is caught in the grip of an E-coli scare.
I think this brief letter in today’s New York Times says it all.
A Question for the Right
To the Editor:
Re “High-Speed Rail Poised to Alter China” (Business Day, June 23):
As we persist in allowing other countries to outdo us in the development of high-speed rail, the quality of health care, the implementation of cleaner energy solutions, and the rigor of math and science programs in schools, does the “no new taxes under any circumstances or for any reason” right wing have a plan in place to bring us back up from the bottom 20 years from now?
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Tagged American decline, China, High-speed rail, infrastructure, progress
From China Daily:
China, Russia quit dollar
Christie: Take yer tunnel and _____ it!
Without comment (from Crooks & Liars via Memeorandum)
On Tuesday, the residents of New Jersey saw the future – in China. On the same day that Governor Chris Christie killed funding for the badly needed second Hudson River rail tunnel, Beijing rolled out its fastest bullet train yet. As it turns out, Christie’s budget ax is just the latest symptom of a growing epidemic. Across the country, the United States is walking away from its crumbling infrastructure even as America’s competitors commit the resources to win in the 21st century global economy.
To be sure, China is making those investments. America’s largest creditor not only dominates the U.S. in launching cleaner coal-fired power plants, but by January leapfrogged the West to become the world’s largest producer of wind turbines and solar panels. Just last week, an Australian study found that the China, the globe’s biggest polluter, is now the clear leader in clean energy efforts.