|Chen Guangcheng becomes the figurehead for domestic unrest in China, causing massive economic damage by the end of the year.
This media & social media savvy, sympathetic, handicapped dissident becomes the figurehead for domestic unrest in China. Discontent with government corruption, exacerbated by the growing rift between the countrys food producing regions and its higher standard of living metropolitan areas, boils over. As the government cracks down it becomes a globally aware event. Their economic activity for the remainder of the years takes a huge hit, >15%.