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The downside of China's 'thriving' economy

Like many individuals and corporations, Charles Campbell equates success with money ("Why China is passing us up," March 25).

China's "thriving economy" has created an environmental disaster in many cities that are now engulfed by industrial smog. It also has brought us melamine in children's milk, formaldehyde in flooring and who knows what else yet to be discovered.

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China's ancient medical remedies have decimated the rhinoceros population in Africa, where mass killings have taken place to procure their valuable horns for "medicinal" purposes. And how about the thousands of African elephants killed to sate China's craving for ivory?

Thousands of sharks are caught by Chinese fishermen who cut off their fins for shark fin soup then throw the mutilated fish overboard to die.

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This year China established the Asian Infrastructure Investment, in part to help reduce the overcapacity in its steel and concrete industries. The bank will provide infrastructure funding to China's Asian neighbors and a market for the steel and concrete needed to build their highways, bridges and other projects that will keep Chinese heavy industry busy for decades.

Sidney M. Levy, Baltimore

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