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But for the first time in years, China’s new year is not roaring in on an economic boom. After years of roaring double-digit growth, China’s export-driven economy has hit the skids. Factories closing. Millions out of work. And a new administration in Washington has already crossed swords with Beijing over the Chinese currency and trade.

China-watcher James Fallows has spent the last two and a half years in the country, digging deep into China’s realities and complexities. This hour, On Point: We're looking at China with James Fallows.

You can join the conversation. What do you see ahead for China, and China-US relations, in the Year of the Ox? What’s your question on China now?Guest:

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He's been based in China since 2006, and his new book, "Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China," collects his articles for The Atlantic during that time.  He's the author of several other books, including "Blind Into Baghdad: America's War in Iraq" (2006) and "Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System" (1995).

You can read an excerpt from "Postcards" at the Random House site. And for Fallows' latest thoughts on China, U.S. politics, and much else, see his widely read Atlantic blog.

This program aired on January 26, 2009.

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