Border CROSSINGS

CHINA: Wakened Giant

When I visited Shanghai and Beijing recently, I was floored by the changes China has seen in the last few years. Pudong, on “the other side” of the river from old Shanghai (also called Puxi), was nothing but rice paddies a dozen or so years ago. It's now a sea of high-rises — they say the national bird is the building “crane.” What will be the tallest building in the world is under construction here — the 101-story World Financial Center. Also new in Pudong:

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