Thank you, o reptilian queen. I rather imagined the explosive growth there was accomplished partly through the absence of responsible regulation. Worked in construction most of my life - heavy, light, industrial, commercial, residential. Many here don't fully appreciate the impact of long-formulated regulation to ensure quality, salability, and insurability. When I worked in heavy industrial construction most contract documents forbid the use of Chinese steel in any component of the project. Wasn't due to trade protectionism, but for safety and strength, and durability reasons. Similarly, designing and erecting competent concrete structures is both a science and an art, and a learned skill that relies on the competency of every worker involved. This last was driven home to me when witnessing the stark differences between work performed by union construction trades as opposed to non-union.
Your post made me think of The Nightmare Before Christmas - seeing the shape, but not the underlying substance.