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From British Cotton to Zanzibar Pepper — The Promise of Huge Fortunes From the China Market is Still Alluring

Centuries ago early British imperialists recognized the vast potential of the China market. They fantasized that if every Chinese man added just one inch to their shirts, it would have the cotton mills of Manchester spinning for decades.

That dream of riches from the enormous Chinese market is alive and well today, but this time it’s the Chinese themselves promoting the fantasy. 

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