Just got this email from a contact I am scheduling a drink or two with some time over the next week or so. Sums up the China situation pretty well, and accounts for my often-present frustrations when trying to tackle a story for the magazine:
I get the rag by email and have been reading with interest. I figured China would collapse by the year 2000 due to the banking problems and the real estate bubble. I was completely wrong. Now I have given up trying to figure out what is going on here since nothing at all makes sense to me. Good luck with writing about it. It at least must be interesting.
Being Friday afternoon and all, perhaps I should give up for the day and put that drink top of my list of priorities. After all, Monday’s another day. At the pace things change in China, by Monday it could possibly even be a whole other world.