Chinese M.U.L.E. (or D.R.A.G.O.N.?)

This neat little image I spotted in an article about China’s economy in the German weekly DIE ZEIT sometime in 2004 or 2005. It visualises the Chinese economy as the “world’s workbench”. But I immediately thought, “this how a Chinese M.U.L.E. would look like!”. Maybe not M.U.L.E., but D.R.A.G.O.N.? Anyone has a good suggestion what that abbreviation might stand for? 🙂

(c) DIE ZEIT sometime in 2004 or 2005