The slogan "Made in China" has never been more significant. This column aims to explain what China's growing influence means in the lives of Americans -- from politicians working on Capitol Hill to moms and dads raising children just off Main Street.
China owns a booming economy, an ambitious space program, and mountains of foreign currency reserves. More Chinese are getting university educations and learning English than ever before in the country's long history.
No longer just the "world's factory," China is now a political and cultural force on the global stage.
The country's leaders are making allies in Africa, a continent full of valuable natural resources. The country's people are exporting art, movies and media. The author's firm belief is that China should be understood -- not feared, and that increased understanding will bring increased opportunities to further American interests.
Figures like lawyer Chen Guangcheng and artist Ai Weiwei make headlines overseas, but if they are ever to make real change, the country's moderate young people will have to help them. Published 6:43 a.m. November 14, 2011 - Comments
Charlie Shifflett worked in China for six years, including four years at the China Daily-owned English-language weekly 21st Century, where he was editor of the sports and international briefs pages. He also taught English writing for two years at one ...Read More
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Charlie Shifflett worked in China for six years, including four years at the China Daily-owned English-language weekly 21st Century, where he was editor of the sports and international briefs pages. He also taught English writing for two years at one of the nation’s premier schools, Renmin University.
Charlie is currently the website and communications manager at the international microfinance non-profit Five Talents, in Vienna, Virginia. He has a master’s in journalism from The University of Iowa and a bachelor’s from Cedarville University.
He has written for China Daily, 21st Century, and the print and online editions of Washingtonian magazine.
His “Made In China” column, appearing several times a month, will explore China’s growing influence and what it means for Americans inside and outside of Washington, D.C.