I've gone freestyle again, in China's Wild West
I am in the West of China, in Nangxia Province, on the Yellow River, to try and get my head around the "other half" of China's economic story. It is a long way from the glamour of the port cities but in a way those cities exist in order to pull China out of the kind of life they lived here, in the interior, for decades. I'll be finding out where the migrant workers have gone back to, and tracing some of China's export routes - atrophied as they are by the year-on-year decline of 22%; and asking the $2 trillion question: can China rebalance its economy to leave behind its dependence on export led growth, boosting the spending power of the working and peasant classes. Avid readers of Idle Scrawl know that its Chinese name is Xian Ren San Ji - "freestyle writing by a leisure author". Well, for now, Xian Ren San Ji rides again...maybe literally: this is the home of China's cowboy class. Giddyup!