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For most westerners, China is a far away,exotic place as mysterious as the 8,000 ancient terracotta warriors, horses and chariots buried thousands of years ago.

Despite 800m of its population living below the poverty line, the country’s economy is explosive with a GNP of US$1.05 trillion and the fastest incremental rate of growth of private vehicle ownership in the world. About 20,000 new vehicles are registered every week in crowded cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Text books have been rewritten and distributed to focus not so much on historical incidents but rather on success stories of wealthy icons like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, as well as how the Chinese can influence the world economy.

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