A Typical Couple Of Days

The last couple of days encapsulate modern China. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up her visit with an exhortation to her hosts to keep buying U.S. treasury bonds, and an online chat with netizens. A gas blast at one of China’s hitherto safest mines in a industry riddled with dangerous ones killed more than 70 people, and three top officials were sacked. Scores of people in the southern province of Guangzhou were sickened in the latest tainted food scandal, pork contaminated with an illegal steroid additive. Authorities said they had uncovered more than 6,000 business-related bribery cases last year. Rains came to the North China Plain, alleviating the three and a half month drought in the country’s wheat fields. And for most, life just went on.

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