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An introduction by Henry Milner The Olympics brought a confident and dynamic China to the world stage – big time. Beijing was spruced up and paraded for many thousands of visitors and millions of viewers on TV and the Internet, who were left gaping at the astonishing modernity of the place. In his new book, Tom Friedman of the New York Times writes of China’s “Green GDPism,” via top-down directives to clean up factories and save energy.

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