Coping with a resurgent China
There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia
by Michael Wesley
New South, $32.95 pb, 202 pp, 9781742232720
Sometime around 1820, forty years after its Industrial Revolution began, Britain overtook China to become the world’s richest country. Sometime between now and 2020, forty years after China’s own Industrial Revolution was launched by Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms, China is set to overtake the United States and regain its place at the top of the world’s economy.