(Excerpt) China is becoming the workplace of the world, so we are increasingly
told. Jeffrey Garten, dean of the Yale School of Management, writes,
"Will China's importance to global manufacturing soon resemble Saudi
Arabia's position in world oil markets?" And the world economy might
"soon become dangerously vulnerable to a major supply disruption [in
China] caused by war, terrorism, social unrest, or a natural disaster"
(Business Week, June 17, 2002).