Our cover story reported how the spending power of China's shoppers is helping to keep the global economy buoyant. But some readers warn that consumerism is taking a toll on the country's culture

Your story on China's shopaholic consumers highlighted an important phenomenon that is changing our country and the world [May 16]. But despite the economic benefits, I have reservations about this development. The new obsession with money, fashion and materialism may be good for business, GDP growth and China's international image. But when we drink Coke and wear Nike, we can't help but lose...

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