China opened up, Michigan benefited

Dec 26, 2018 by

Forty Years ago, China opened to the world.

There is no question that the lives of average Chinese have improved remarkably since China “opened up”.  From the drab sameness of Mao-era gray suits to today’s designer lifestyle, seeing China then and now is as if a movie had begun in in black and white and suddenly switched to Technicolor with Dolby surround sound – the change is that remarkable. And dramatic. China’s achievements are not only remarkable but universally acknowledged.

The Chinese, both its government and people, are investing in education, infrastructure, and technology – fully embracing the future. They understand that knowledge, innovation, and creativity are the drivers of 21st century currency that will propel them forward not only as individuals, but as a nation so they invest heavily in education as a poverty-alleviation tool.

China has soared. Consider this:

• 700 million people have moved from abject poverty to a Chinese middle class.

• China has become the world’s fastest growing large economy.

• Chinese students significantly outperform U.S. students on international tests.

• China is the world’s largest auto producer.

• China has become a banker to the U.S., owning more than 20 percent of our total foreign reserves or more than 3 trillion dollars

Source: Opinion: China opened up, Michigan benefited

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