The biggest story at the turn of the century must be the transformation of China into the world's second-largest economy.

Transformation of Shenzhen

Price of growth

China is beginning to reverse the damage wreaked on its environment during the decades of unchecked economic growth since 1978.

Extreme poverty

Return of religion

As China embarked on reforms and opening up to the outside world from 1978, the atheist Chinese Communist Party (CCP) also changed its approach towards religion from that of eradication to regulation.

The Singaporean experience

The speed at which the Chinese learnt and progressed since their country launched reforms and opened up in 1978 has been transformational.