For all the crazy stories you’ve heard about China, the world’s biggest country is going to keep blowing your mind.
The speed and size of economic development going in China right now has never happened before. In just 10 years, a small emerging market has transformed into a geopolitical bruiser that can go toe-to-toe with Ben Bernanke.
Like it or not, China plays a critical role in the global economy from here out. Let’s hope it doesn’t crash.
China consumes 53% of the world's cement... and 48% of the world's iron ore... and 47% of the world's coal... and the majority of just about every major commodity
If he spent his ENTIRE YEARLY INCOME on housing, the average Beijing resident could buy 10 square feet of residential property
Obviously he can't spend his entire income on housing...
A square meter of residential property in Beijing costs an average of 26,000 yuan (US$3,800), but the average per capita monthly income is only 2,000 yuan, according to Asia Times.
China's enormous Gobi Desert is the size of Peru and expanding 1,400 square miles per year due to water source depletion, over-foresting, and over-grazing
Due to the extremely rapid expansion of Christianity in China, there are now an estimated 54 million Christians in the country, comprised of about 40 million Protestants and 14 million Catholics.
Italy has just 60 million people in total, of which only 79% are Christian these days. Which means Italy has 47.4 million Christians, a full 12% less than China.
An impressive 74 per cent of Chinese believe in evolution, better than Mexico (69%), Argentina (68%) and Great Britain (68%)
Only Russia (48%), USA (42%), South Africa (41%) and Egypt (25%) remain sceptical about Darwin's theory.
Source: British Council
China executes three times as many people as the rest of the world COMBINED... and uses mobile execution vans for efficiency.
China carried out at least 1,718 executions in 2008, three times as many as the rest of the world, according to Amnesty International. Some analysts put the yearly figure closer to 6,000.
Many executions are done on the road using vehicles such as those designed by Jinguan Motors:
'Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China 'promotes human rights now,' says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van in which 'Devil' Zhang took his final ride.'
When you buy Chinese stocks, you are basically financing the Chinese government. Eight of Shanghai's top 10 stocks are government owned
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