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Jan 8, 2020

In this episode, Ladan discusses his trip to China. He discusses the sights he saw, the experiences he’s had, as well as how China is modernizing.

Top three takeaways:

  1. A lot of China’s advancements, such as the proliferation of electric vehicles, bullet trains, and more modern ways of paying for goods and services (such as facial recognition) are mostly a matter of the last 3 or so years.
  2. China is not a democratic country, as is clearly illustrated by the “Great Firewall”, which censors the internet for its citizens. VPNs are required to access common sites such as Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc. However, the lack of democracy may be how China is able to advance so quickly without much hindrance.
  3. The best way to know what a country is truly like is to go and see it for yourself. Propaganda and hearsay do not paint the true picture of what a country is like. By visiting China, one can see how modern and advanced they truly are.

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