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The Economist Adds ‘China’ Section, First Single Country Addition in 70 Years

The Economist has added a section dedicated to China, the first new department dedicated to a single country since 1943, when the magazine added the United States. The debut of the feature will cover all aspects of the nation’s rise in power — be it social, political or economical.

Though China has always been covered by The Economist, John Micklethwait, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, said the time had come for it to join other countries that have their own segment.

“I decided that China’s emergence as a global power justified giving it a section of its own,” said Micklethwait. ”It also allows us to devote more space each week to covering the deeper social, political and economic issues in the country, especially the China beyond Beijing and Shanghai. That is how we built up the reputation of the American Survey. We hope the China section becomes the starting point for anyone who wants to know more about this absorbing, complicated country.”

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