The bookends of our period of development

As I have noted at greater length elsewhere, I had come to fear that China may be where the 200-odd-year-old carbon-fuelled capital-driven model of economic development runs into an ecological wall. Britain, where it started, and China may be bookends on a period of global expansion that has never been seen before and may never be repeated again.

Guardian correspondent Jonathan Watts on leaving China after 9 years covering the birth of a superpower.

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