The section joins existing sections on the U.S., the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Africa and the U.K. The Economist said the last new country section to be added was the U.S. in 1942.
"We have always covered China in depth” said Economist editor John Micklethwait, in a statement. “However, I decided that China's emergence as a global power justified giving it a section of its own. It also allows us to devote more space each week to covering the deeper social, political and economic issues in the country, especially the China beyond Beijing and Shanghai.”