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News is updating rapidly. After being fustigated because of the Lhasa riots, the Chinese government is widely applauded by the international media for its quick, efficient response and high-level transparency.

Only two hours after the earthquake struck much of Sichuan province on May 12, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao left Beijing for Chengdu, the nearest city to the epicenter Wenchuan county, and mobilized 100,000 people to rescue the victims.

China's reaction constituted a stark contrast to the US' response after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana state in 2005.

After a visit to the Chinese mainland in April, a team of 30-plus French historians and economists concluded that many prevailing negative views in France about China were completely wrong, from Tibet's reality, China's development to people's freedom.

Our "virtuous" media have been worrying about the "world factory", the huge price of its labor costs and environmental pollution.

However, the existing problems don't overweigh the unprecedented development in humankind's history.

It is high time we took a new look at China and noticed its progresses toward modernization.

Even New York seems pale in front of the unbelievable Shanghai. Colorful skyscrapers are mushrooming in the metropolis, challenging architectural arts. The socialist market economy moved people into modern, well-designed buildings with air conditioners.

Even in inner lands of China, stores are full of daily necessities and luxurious goods.

Like in any other place in the world, we will meet policemen. But they often just carry mobile phones with them, which is seldom seen in other countries. Perhaps we need to amend many parts of our films about China.

First of all China is no longer an underdeveloped country.

According to international standards, China's GDP per capita exceeded $7,500 in 2006, which was 10 times of the figure in 1980, equivalent to the level of France in late 1950s and Portugal in 1970s.

Nowadays our standard of living is about four times higher than that of the Chinese.

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