Having decided to bring an accident at a nuclear plant to public attention, a reporter finds herself being deliberately embroiled in a conspiracy by officers bent on keeping the accident a secret. "China syndrome" is a fanciful term that describes a fictional result of a nuclear meltdown, where reactor components melt through their containment structures. "China syndrome", a nuclear meltdown scenario so named for the fanciful idea that there would be nothing to stop the meltdown tunneling its way to the other. The China Syndrome: Directed by James Bridges. With Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady. A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of. Germany Inc.'s China syndrome. Ignoring Beijing's human rights abuses is becoming increasingly difficult for Berlin. GERMANY-CHINA-POLITICS-. The China Syndrome, which with uncanny prescience was released just 12 days before the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island, is a hybrid of two of the. The China Syndrome refers to a scenario in which a molten nuclear reactor core could could fission its way through its containment vessel. "The China Syndrome" is a terrific thriller that incidentally raises the most unsettling questions about how safe nuclear power plants. In the above scene from The China Syndrome, Jack Lemmon (left), as a nuclear plant control room manager, submits to an interview by reporter Jane Fonda as news-. We analyze the effect of rising Chinese import competition between 19on US local labor markets, exploiting cross- market variation in import.