This satellite photo contrasts the vibrant economy in the south with the basket case economy to the north. It would be hard to find a better demonstration of Winston Churchill's observation that "Capitalism's problem is the unequal distribution of wealth. But Socialism's problem is the equal distribution of misery".
Forty five years ago, the PRC was close to economic collapse but it did not suffer the same fate as North Korea. Today it is achieving spectacular economic growth. Proof of the superiority of Socialism? Proof that Ayn Rand was wrong? For some insights on what saved the Chinese economy look to National Public Radio: Farm ownership and Capitalism