China in two stories

Here is one, by Adam Minter:

According to data released this week by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, sales of electric cars are poised to exceed those in the U.S. for the first time ever. Already, they’ve grown 290 percent year-on-year to 171,145 vehicles. They’re expected to reach 220,000 to 250,000 for the year, whereas the U.S. market is predicted to top out at around 180,000 cars.

What’s fueling the mainland’s electric-car surge? As with so many other things in China, cost is the main factor.

Here is the other, from Vanessa Piao at NYT’s Sinosphere blog:

Amid China’s Smog Worries, One More: Counterfeit Masks

Neither story, taken alone, leaves you with the right impression.


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