DEAR MR PRESIDENT: Here's 17 Facts About China That Will Blow Your Mind

Obama is dining tonight with the most powerful man in the world. Let’s hope he knows what he’s getting into.

The speed and size of economic development happening today in China is unprecedented. The Chinese economy has grown 316% in the past decade, passing Japan and on track to pass the U.S. as soon as 2025.

Like it or not, China plays a critical role in the global economy from here out.

China's economy grew 7 times as fast as America's over the past decade (316% growth vs. 43%)

China's GDP per capita is the 91st-lowest in the world, below Bosnia & Herzegovina

85 per cent of artificial Christmas trees are made in China. So are 80 per cent of toys

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 has more pigs than the next 43 pork producing countries combined

Chinese consume 50,000 cigarettes every second

Source: WHO

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

Source: Wikipedia

China has 64 million vacant homes, including entire cities that are empty

The world's biggest mall is in China... but it has been 99% empty since 2005

Source: Daily Mail

Nearly 10,000 Chinese citizens each year are sucked into unsanctioned 'black jails'

Source: Human Rights Watch. Black jails emerged following the prohibition of arbitrary detention. They are notorious for prisoner rape, starvation and abuse.

By 2025, China will build enough skyscrapers to fill 10 New York-sized cities

By 2030, China will add more new city-dwellers than the entire U.S. population.

There are already more Christians in China than Italy

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.

Source: Wikipedia, Shanghaist

Chinese are almost twice as likely to believe in evolution as Americans

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.'

Source: The Guardian, USA Today

When you buy Chinese stocks, you are basically financing the Chinese government. Eight of Shanghai's top 10 stocks are government owned

Eight of the 10 largest stocks on the Shanghai Stock Exchange are nothing but state-controlled companies:

  • PetroChina
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
  • Sinopec
  • Bank of China
  • China Shenhua Energy Company
  • China Life Insurance Company
  • Bank of Communications

Source: Wikipedia etc.

Bonus: Chinese GDP could overtake the U.S. in less than 15 years

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