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Economic Blowback

Your cover story rightly sounds the alarm about a China bubble related to its recent real estate mania [Oct. 31]. But the related article "A Great Leap Forward" paints too glowing a picture of China's private consumption. Most of the anecdotes in the article refer to the consumption behavior of the rich, not the mass-consuming middle class. I also think your claim that the middle class will rise to 70% of the population by 2020 is a bit wild, given that it constitutes about 20% of the population now.

Kam Wing Chan, Professor of Geography, University of Washington, SEATTLE

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