China Expert: Rapid Growth a Factor in Quake's Toll The death toll in China's Sichuan province continues to rise after this week's devastating earthquake. Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, says China's rapid economic development has meant substandard construction in the region, which may have contributed to the quake's damage.
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China Expert Orville Schell: Fast Growth a Factor

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China Expert: Rapid Growth a Factor in Quake's Toll

China Expert: Rapid Growth a Factor in Quake's Toll

China Expert Orville Schell: Fast Growth a Factor

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As the death toll in China's Sichuan province continues to rise after this week's devastating earthquake, co-host Renee Montagne asks Orville Schell, director of the Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations, for his take on the province.

Schell says China's rapid economic development has meant substandard construction in the region, which may have contributed to the earthquake's damage. Although the government instituted much stricter building codes after the massive quake of 1976, the pace of China's new construction has made it difficult for building inspectors to enforce those rules, Schell says.