Journalist James Fallows, a 25-year veteran of The Atlantic Monthly, is living in China and writing about it. He joins Dave Davies to discuss his recent article "China Makes, The World Takes" — and the booming Chinese factories that are its subject.
"I was prepared for the skyline of Shanghai and its 240-mph Maglev train to the airport," he writes in the introductory paragraphs of that article, "and for the nonstop construction, dust, and bustle of Beijing. Every account of modern China mentions them.
"But I had no concept of the sweep of what has become the world's manufacturing center: the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong province (the old Canton region), just north of Hong Kong. That one province might have a manufacturing workforce larger than America's."