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The Great Leap Forward - impact on the north by 2020

December 23, 2012

From 1958 to early 1962, Mao Zedong led China through “The Great Leap Forward,” a period of intense industrialization and agricultural communalization. During the period an estimated 45 million Chinese people starved to death. Flash forward 50 years and the transformation of the basket-case Chinese economy has been astounding.

China has become an economic juggernaut, the workshop of the world, commanding about 40% of the world’s prime commodities. The absolute horror of starvation, poverty and devastation caused by the Great Leap Forward has been washed away by increased affluence of the new generation. The migration of rural Chinese peasants to the prosperity of the cities continues. A rising sea lifts all boats.


The northern part of North America can expect China’s continued growth to drive resource projects. China’s growth will manifest itself in these ways: