Some hard facts on China today ?

Discussion in 'Open Discussions' started by KC Quarter Horses, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. KC Quarter Horses

    KC Quarter Horses Gold Member

    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 States.

    New 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 entire 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 ?

    Also a lot smarter than us.
    While they manufacture 80% of the worlds solar panels,
    They install less than 5%. And,
    Build a new coal fired power station every week and in 1 year turn on more new coal powered electricity than Australia's total output
    Already the largest carbon dioxide emitter, output will rise 70% by 2020.

    Glad we're saving the planet.

  2. magic_impact

    magic_impact Well-known Member

    So you gonna stop buying chinese cars, industrial products and food?

    Where there is a demand, there will be a response from the market. They will not produce what the rest of the world aint buying. Yes you can say 'bad china' for all those emissions, all that consumption, but while we are all paying for it, we are all contributing to it as well.

    It's a global problem, not a China problem, they are just better placed to make some quick $$$ than the rest of the world :)
  3. whitepantheress

    whitepantheress Well-known Member

    Glad I speak chinese then :-D
  4. cisco kristy

    cisco kristy Well-known Member

    china will be ruling us soon#(
  5. Diana

    Diana Gold Member

    At least I won't have to try to work out what to wear every morning *#)
  6. jumpingeventer

    jumpingeventer Well-known Member

    China is a sleeping dragon, we just don't realise it yet!

    Interesting facts KC, thanks for sharing!
  7. EVP

    EVP Gold Member

    Yes fantastic facts. And ones that the carbon criers should heed. Go China. While we're all so busy trying to work out a price on carbon the tills are ringing wildly in Asia. It's deafening. They have our exports (more to shut us up than anthing else), they are taking our jobs by taking our businesses and we're fiddling the till for a carbon price. Go China.

    Sleeping Dragon alright. But sleeping with one eye open for sure. We're the ones napping. If that Dragon ever really wakes up to how much international power their wield we're in serious poop.

    3 cheers for China - they put Chinese interests first. While they have a despicable human-rights record and all those other things - they sure know how to shove their economy up the ladder.
  8. Diana

    Diana Gold Member

    Yeah if Australia's bleeding hearts club would shut up we might kinda do alright!!
  9. Seahorse

    Seahorse Well-known Member

    Perhaps if the western world stopped spending all their money on disposable crap made in China, we might do alright :)
  10. Jez

    Jez Gold Member

    China is WELL aware of how much power it could wield if it so desires or when it so desires to flex its economic muscle.....

    Interesting doco....China has run out of Vagina....have a look for it. Their achilles heel.
  11. Lin

    Lin Well-known Member

    Even the Chinese don't speak Chinese. They speak Mandarin or Cantonese or ... ;)
  12. sil

    sil Gold Member

    China is now very close to being the largest English speaking country in the world.
  13. Lin

    Lin Well-known Member

    Haha, have you been to China, Sil? Lucky to find anyone who speaks English. It's all point and gestures when you go there!
  14. Diana

    Diana Gold Member

    Maybe they just don't let on that they speak English so that tourists have to look like silly gits pointing at everything :eek:
  15. KC Quarter Horses

    KC Quarter Horses Gold Member

    There are more people learning to speak English in China than there are English speaking people in the UK..... Read that on an airport billboard somewhere.

    The facts were sent to me in an email and I thought they were interesting.

    It is a fascinating country but all the areas of China I have been too are very heavily polluted and there is huge development happening.

    In 2010 in Dalian Provence alone they were ape ing 10 billion on infrastructure and Dalian only has 6 million people where Shanghai has about 35 million.

    Just thought it was a bit interesting.
  16. KC Quarter Horses

    KC Quarter Horses Gold Member

    Yes because of their one child policy and them wanting male children to carry the line on in families they are now short of women.

    Hence they bring them in from across borders. Many girl babies were murdered at birth due to the one child policy
  17. whitepantheress

    whitepantheress Well-known Member

    I was getting aware from being pedantic. I speak read and write the mandarin dialect if that makes you happer :p
  18. whitepantheress

    whitepantheress Well-known Member

    Bwah ha ha ha...they have "english" as a subject but the majority don't speak it in any useful way. It is akin to Japanese lessons here in australia...
  19. sil

    sil Gold Member

    That might be true now, but they will overtake America soon in the number of people who can speak English.
    They passed us some time ago!

    Here's a super video to help grasp just how fast times are changing:

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  20. Lin

    Lin Well-known Member

    Hope so. It's impossible to order a meal in Mainland China without pictures. LOL

    EDIT: forgot to add, it is incredible to see the pace of development in China. I only went to Beijing and was staggered to learn that they are opening new railway lines every year and new complete ring roads every so months. No wonder they are buying all our steel. The pollution is terrible.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011

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