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The economic trend is our friend

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MUCH BETTER OFF: China's real per capita GDP in 1980 was 60% lower than the world average, but today it is 25% above it. This is partly thanks to a series of strong Chinese leaders since Deng Xiaoping.

THESE are days of grave disillusionment with the state of the world. Sinister forces of fanatical, faith-based killing - something that we in the West, at least, thought had largely ended by 1750 - are back. And they have been joined by (and are reinforcing) forces of nationalism, bigotry and