Posted by: Chuck | June 17, 2013

Did you know that China?

English: CRH380A at Changzhou Station 中文: 在常州驻...

English: CRH380A at Changzhou Station 中文: 在常州驻地的CRH380A (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you know that? China has 19% of the world’s population, but consumes; 53% of the world’s cement, 48% of the world’s iron ore, 47% of the world’s coal and the majority of just about every major commodity. In 2010, China produced 11 times more steel than the United StatesNew World Record: China made and sold 18 million vehicles in 2010. There are more pigs in China than in the next 43 pork-producing nations combined.

China currently has the world’s fastest train and the world’s largest high-speed rail network.

China is currently the number one producer in the world of wind and solar power.

China currently controls more than 90% of the total global supply of rare earth elements.

In the past 15 years, China has moved from 14th place to 2nd place in the world in published scientific research articles.

China now possesses the fastest supercomputer on the globe.

At the end of March 2011, China accumulated US$3.04 trillion in foreign currency reserves – the largest stockpile on the entire globe.

Chinese consume 50,000 cigarettes every second? Not an enviable record though.

Does China’s rise mean the decline of the US?

China‘s power and influence is increasing in terms of politics, economics and the military. Meanwhile the US is undergoing both economic and political crises.


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