Yes, I know, you could have a "serious" reaction on several levels to the news clip below. But as soon as I saw it I burst out laughing and thought, "That's what I miss!" When living in China I would see things like this every day. It's from a report in the Economist on Chinese-Saudi relations and tensions, including Chinese companies building a railroad in Saudi Arabia:
This is the same Chinese pragmatic ingenuity in finding "a" way to do things that I marveled at (and illustrated with photos) several years ago, here. I know what people have in mind when they warm up for big speeches about the "lack of creativity" caused by East Asian rote-schooling practices, and about the conflict between free academic discourse and China's controlled media environment. But if you want to see ingenuity applied round the clock and on a huge scale, that's another reason to head to China. (Thanks to reader JE.)
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