The moon, Mars and the return of strongman rule: How China has changed since the 2008 Olympics

The moon, Mars and the return of strongman rule: How China has changed since the 2008 Olympics

Since then, China’s whirlwind building has continued, funded in part by a massive stimulus package (again, the world’s biggest) to alleviate the 2008 financial crisis. China now has the world’s largest network of high-speed rails, and the most highways in the world, after a paving spree in which it added more than 6,000 miles of highway each year since 2011. China’s 16 tallest skyscrapers were all completed in 2008 or after, including the tallest, the 128-floor Shanghai Tower, which opened in 2015. Despite the emergence of some “ghost cities” because of over-construction, China’s economy hasn’t collapsed from the debt-fueled building.

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