Journalist and author James Fallows is coming to Louisville this week to discuss his new book, China Airborne.

In the book, Fallows explores the growth of the Chinese aerospace industry, and its role in helping the country develop and modernize other areas of its economy.

He says in many ways the growth is comparable to the building of America’s transcontinental railroad in the 19th century.

“We’re talking about an infrastructure boom that’s unlike anything the U.S. has seen in quite a long while. For example, in the entire continental U.S., there are a couple of airports being built now. In China, there are more than 100 that are now under construction,” Fallows told WFPL.

Fallows says China is in the midst of a $250 billion plan to jump start its aerospace industry. His book also explores how that investment will affect the U.S. and the rest of the world.

He’ll be at the main Louisville Free Public Library Wednesday at 7:00pm.

Listen to the complete interview with James Fallows:

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