China Airborne

China Airborne

by James Fallows
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China Airborne by James Fallows

More than two-thirds of the new airports under construction today are being built in China. Chinese airlines expect to triple their fleet size over the next decade and will account for the fastest-growing market for Boeing and Airbus. But the Chinese are determined to be more than customers. In 2011, China announced its Twelfth Five-Year Plan, which included the commitment to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars to jump-start its aerospace industry. Its goal is to produce the Boeings and Airbuses of the future. Toward that end, it acquired two American companies: Cirrus Aviation, maker of the world’s most popular small propeller plane, and Teledyne Continental, which produces the engines for Cirrus and other small aircraft.
In China Airborne, James Fallows documents, for the first time, the extraordinary scale of this project and explains why it is a crucial test case for China’s hopes for modernization and innovation in other industries. He makes clear how it stands to catalyze the nation’s hyper-growth and hyper- urbanization, revolutionizing China in ways analogous to the building of America’s transcontinental railroad in the nineteenth century. Fallows chronicles life in the city of Xi’an, home to more than 250,000 aerospace engineers and assembly workers, and introduces us to some of the hucksters, visionaries, entrepreneurs, and dreamers who seek to benefit from China’s pursuit of aerospace supremacy. He concludes by examining what this latest demonstration of Chinese ambition means for the United States and the rest of the world—and the right ways to understand it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307907400
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 962,828
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has reported from around the world and has worked in software design at Microsoft, as the editor of U.S. News & World Report, and as a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. He is currently a news analyst for NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered and a visiting professor at the University of Sydney.

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China Airborne 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CoachieX More than 1 year ago
Mr. Fallows has chosen a seemingly narrow subject, namely the rapid expansion of the aviation industry in China, but it soon becomes clear that larger issues are at the heart of his narrative: specifically China's present and future role in the international community. It is the author's contention that China can not "move up the value chain" from manufacturing and assembling components into the realm of designing high-value commodities and controlling branding without first puting in place systems that are quite foreign to their experience. To even examine these basic issues, Mr. Fallows takes us on a whirlwind travelogue of Chinese society, industry, politics and pop culture. His boots-on-the-ground experience, and the stories of the personalities involved in trying to bring about these heretofore unprecedented changes make for a fascinatingly entertaining read. I also came away with a vastly different take on the various possibilities of China's future, and how that might affect the rest of the world than I previously had held. I highly recommend this book. It's an easy, entertaining read that may reshape some of your suppositions about the "China question" in its many variations.
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