After a spate of media hyperbole on the astronomical heights that China has scaled and the giant of an economy that China has become vis-à-vis India, things have sobered a bit. Rather they tend to make a 1800 turn by portraying that India is going to be a superpower on the strength of mere numbers – numbers of human hands – alone! Added to that are the managerial skills, freedom of speech and choice, English-speaking youth, tech-savvy workforce, modern outlook and the strides made by India on the economic front with free trade…..!
You can read about the emerging India from the viewpoint of Mr. Paul Johnson, an eminent British historian and author here.
The following paragraph in that story corroborates what I had written about manufacture in Chinese jails.
China, with estimates of about 20 million convicts, is heavily dependent on slave labor, as well as on the labor of underpaid ex-peasants who are still pouring into the industrialized coastal belt. China is not investing enough in high technology, with the exception of the military, and is thus making the same mistakes the Soviet Union made. Indeed, the differences between the new China and the old U.S.S.R. are more superficial and visible than fundamental.
- Question of time!
- Delete Internet?