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2011 in The China Beat


Copyright 2011. Used by permission.


Last month, many commentators offered up lists of top books and top news stories of 2010, sometimes focusing on a particular place or topic. It would be easy to follow suit here, in my first 2011 blog post about China. After all, there were plenty of books on the country published last year (some of which I reviewed individually or in groups). There were also plenty of China-related headlines, from those twelve months ago detailing rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, to summer ones reporting that the nation had surpassed Japan to become both the world’s number two economy, to early fall stories of Shanghai’s World Expo becoming the most-visited World’s Fair in history, to late fall commentaries on an empty chair at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.