China May Go to the Moon Before Building an Airliner

James Fallows explains why the country is unlikely to create the next Boeing or Airbus anytime soon.

Space travel is no small feat. But as James Fallows argues in his new book, China Airborne, it's a government effort not unlike the building of a massive dam. Running a large fleet of airliners that could compete with Boeing or Airbus would take a whole other kind of coordination, one that may currently be out of China's reach. Here, Fallows defends this comparison to Eurasia Group analyst Damien Ma. 


Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is The Atlantic's digital features editor. More

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, an Atlantic senior editor, began her association with the magazine in 2002, shortly after graduating from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the staff full time in January 2006. Before coming to The Atlantic, Jennie was senior editor at Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.

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