Reliable Sources

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on September 8, 2011

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

Reliable Sources
Here’s a rather astonishing report from the Associated Press in Beijing:

Chinese millionaire Su builds skyscrapers in Beijing and is one of the people powering China’s economy on its path to becoming the world’s biggest.

He sits at the top of a country–economy booming, influence spreading, military swelling–widely expected to dominate the 21st century.

Yet the property developer shares something surprising with many newly rich in China: he’s looking forward to the day he can leave.

Su’s reasons: He wants to protect his assets, he has to watch what he says in China and wants a second child, something against the law for many Chinese.

The millionaire spoke to The Associated Press on condition that only his surname was used because of fears of government reprisals that could damage his business.

China must be incredibly prosperous if there are so many skyscraper-building millionaires named Su in Beijing alone that this guy is confident of maintaining his anonymity.

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