Let me ask for your patience while I continue to obsess about how the world has changed in the 2020s while the US Best & Brightest are stuck in the English colonial days of 1619.
When Freedom Tower was ever so slowly built on the site of New York’s once-iconic Twin Towers, the glass came from China. When China recently finished Raffles City in Chongqing, you can bet that it is Chinese through & through.
Most of us have never heard of Chongqing — upriver from Wuhan, in underdeveloped western China. City population somewhere around 20 Million. Fascinating point to consider is that 50 years ago, when Mao was moving industry from the coast to inland areas as part of the “Third Front” in case of USSR or US invasion, Chongqing was one of the backwards hardscrabble places to which industry was moved. And look at it now!
Tickets to the Raffles City observation deck cost about $30 — roughly comparable to Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But unlike the foreign tourists in Dubai, the market at Raffles City is almost entirely Chinese.
We are falling behind a China whose economy has continued to boom while the West fetishes Covid — just another obvious anomaly that escapes the attention of the Ivy League grads in the DC Swamp.