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    in thrall of the, middle kingdom's meteoric rise

    Bull in a China shop is not an expression one would normally use to describe India’s mild-mannered Prime Minister, but at a Washington think-tank on Monday evening Manmohan Singh was anything but delicate on India’s newly nettlesome neighbor before an audience that is largely in thrall of the Middle Kingdom’s meteoric rise on the global stage.

    Please explain to me the emboldened parts.
    I know "thrall" means "under control of someone", but here the meaning doesn't fit. And I have no idea what "Middle kingdom's meteoric rise" could mean though I know "meteoric" means "something which develops very fast and attracts a lot of attention

    Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...ow/5264314.cms

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    Re: in thrall of the, middle kingdom's meteoric rise

    An audience that is (in thrall) or enthralled it is simply paying attention. You could say under the control of the thing they are watching. The term spellbound is all so used.

    India's Meteoric rise, you have explained already.

    India's economic growth is something which has developed very fast and attracted a lot of attention.


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    Re: in thrall of the, middle kingdom's meteoric rise

    So do you mean here "Middle Kingdom" means "India"?

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