China is totally important and just like the United States and Britain, it now has its own special section in The Economist. "In this issue we launch a weekly section devoted to China. It is the first time since we began our detailed coverage of the United States in 1942 that we have singled out a country in this way," reads the opening lines to The Economist's "China and the Paradox of Prosperity" cover story in January 28 issue. The reason? This may be a bit scary if you're an American: " The principal reason is that China is now an economic superpower and is fast becoming a military force capable of unsettling America." Mediabistro has more from John Micklethwait, the magazine's editor-in-chief:
I decided that China’s emergence as a global power justified giving it a section of its own ... It also allows us to devote more space each week to covering the deeper social, political and economic issues in the country, especially the China beyond Beijing and Shanghai. That is how we built up the reputation of the American Survey. We hope the China section becomes the starting point for anyone who wants to know more about this absorbing, complicated country.