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Evolving China: American journalist's perspective over 50 years | Updated: 2017-02-16 11:31

In 1957, 27-year-old American journalist Robert Carl Cohen arrived in China after a nine-day trip to Moscow. During his 45-day China tour, Cohen traveled through eight cities from north to south. With one 16mm camera, he became the first American to film the People's Republic of China since its founding in 1949. His old film highlighted Beijing, Guangdong, Shanghai, The Great Wall, Yangtze River, Nanjing University, Changchun Auto Plant among other icons.

Fifty-eight years later, the 85-year-old Cohen revisited China in search of the memories of his past and filmed the evolving nation. The new film provides valuable insight into the Chinese dream. Let's take a closer look at the Chinese story through Cohen's eyes.

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