I recently discovered a long essay by Jean Fan on progress in China. Here is a small excerpt, but I'd encourage you to read the entire piece: As soon as I walked out of Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport last March, something felt different. The cleanliness of the airport had always given way to the messiness of Chinese cities. But although I braced myself for the unavoidable chaos, it never came. The cities I visited that year—Shanghai, Wuhan, and Xiangyang—were unrecognizably...