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China – The new superpower

What comes to your mind when you think about China?

We think about that everything is made in China; think about the strict discipline they are raised with, noodles, kung fu movies and communism. But the fact is that now days everybody is speaking about China’s economical growth and that they are on their way to become the new superpower.

So now they are about to become the world’s largest in the car market as there is bought more cars in China than in any other country in the world. This has resulted in endless traffic jams and very much pollution in the air. So here are some numbers to highlight China’s economical growth and success in the international world.

1, 34 billion;

Chinese people eat, drink, consume and produce more than any other country in the world and this means that every 1 in 5 people are Chinese. Therefore the new frightening word in US industry is “China price”.

17 million;

Vehicles were sold in China in 2010 and it is expected that by 2020 the number will increase to 40 million. China has about 85 million registered cars, buses and trucks. With this enormous sales growth, China will beat USA with its 250 million in 10 years.


Cars were sold each day in the first 9 months alone in Beijing, the world’s most polluted city. On a normal day, Beijing’s pollution level is 4 times higher than what WHO (World Health Organization) describes as acceptable to live in.

46 500;

Vehicles are sold every day in China. Norway in contrast sells 127.000 cars in a year and has 2, 5 million registered vehicles.

Over 500 million;

Bikes are in China and in 1998, 60% of the Chinese people used their bikes to get to work. Today the number has decreased to 20%. What once used to be bike paths are now turned into car roads.

China borders to 14 countries;

The countries are; North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Laos and Vietnam. In addition to this, China also borders to the South China Sea, East China Sea, Yellow Sea and Korea Bay.

The world’s largest;

Dam is located in China and is called Three Gorges Dam. All 13 small cities have been relocated to make room for the reservoir which took 10 years to build.

3, 7 million km;

Paved road runs through a landscape of 9, 6 million square kilometers.

70 000 km;

Highway is located around the country linking the 169 largest cities with more than 2 million people.

Climate in China;

The climate is varied. The North is cold and dry the more near you get the Himalayas and Tibet and in the South it is warm tropical climate.

6000 billion;

Was the total value of China’s exports of goods and services in 2009. China has overtaken the US, Germany and Japan as they became the world’s largest exporter.

200,000 km;
China produces 200,000 km with zippers, enough to measure 5 times around the earth and 15 billion buttons in a year.

of all the toys for children and adults are made in one of the 10 000 toy factories in China.

Ice cream was invented in China as they combined milk, rice mixture and snow. For many centuries, China was one of the most advanced civilizations in the world and the great inventions such as the compass, gunpowder, paper, printing art, fireworks and Chinese medicine was invented by them.

China is rich in;
natural resources such as coal, oil and iron ore. Meanwhile, China is also the world’s largest energy consumer and second largest consumer of oil and it is expected that they take back the United States.

800 million
mobile users are in China. Perhaps not so surprising considering that half of all mobile phones is also manufactured there.

of all the world’s pigs are eaten in China. The insatiable Chinese also eat a third of the world rice, 53% soya beans and 19% of all poultry. However, China remains a “poor” country which until recently received support through the UN World Food Program.

These are huge numbers and China is the largest in producing, exporting, consuming etc. But what is concerning is that by having so much production, the country is getting severely polluted and not a healthy place to live. Because of the increasing population, many Chinese people also do have problems to finding a place to live as the rent prices is high. Not long ago, I read about students and working families who had to live in a small tiny room 5 -6 floors under the ground (basement). The room was so small that it seemed like a prison cell with no windows and view. I was amazed how people could live there, but then they also mentioned that the students had wireless internet connection.

Another case is the yearly migration of people. Tens of millions travel across the country to reach home for the Lunar New Year celebrations. This year, an estimated of 2, 85 billion people planned to return to their homes for the Lunar New Year, 0,3 billion more than last year. But it’s not easy as mentioned. People have to stand for hours and throughout the night in the cold waiting to purchase a ticket. But if you are willing to pay a “little extra” there is always a ticket available.

World News Headlines of March 9

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Important Events on March 9

March 9: Ash Wednesday/Start of Lent in Western Christianity (2011)

"Terrific combat between the 'Monitor' & 'Merrimac'" by Currier & Ives

  • 1009 – The first known record of the name of Lithuania appeared in an entry in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg (in modern Germany).
  • 1842 – The first documented discovery of gold in California occurred at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: In the world’s first major battle between two powered ironclad warships (pictured), the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, fought to a draw near the mouth of Hampton Roads in Virginia.
  • 1944 – World War II: As part of the Battle of Narva, the Soviet Air Forces heavily bombed Tallinn, Estonia, killing up to 800 people, mostly civilians.
  • 1946 – Thirty-three people were killed in a stampede at Burnden Park, a football stadium in Bolton, England.
  • 1956 – In Tbilisi, Georgia, Soviet military troops suppressed mass demonstrations against Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization policy.

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