Queued Up for Collapse

Want to know precisely when and where the People's Republic of China will begin to collapse? Gordon G. Chang's boldly titled The Coming Collapse of China (Random House; 320 pages) presumes to tell you. A counterrevolution, probably violent, will come five years after China's entry into the World Trade Organization. If, as expected, China joins the WTO later this year, the apocalypse will therefore be upon us in 2006. And it will begin in the most prosaic setting: the lobbies of Chinese banks—as millions try to withdraw their savings and deposit them in Western banks.

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