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Monday, May 30, 2005

Fourteen Things about the Chinese Economy

This list was posted some time ago at the Raw Prawn. It is both informative and provocative, as are the additional links provided there.
  1. China's economy is much larger than the official numbers show.
  2. The growth of China's economy has no equal in modern history.
  3. China is winning the global competition for investment capital.
  4. China can be a bully.
  5. China's economy is an entrepreneurial economy.
  6. The most daunting thing about China is not its ability to make cheap consumer goods.
  7. China is closing the research and development gap -- fast.
  8. China now sets the global benchmark for prices.
  9. China's growth is making raw materials more expensive.
  10. No company has embraced China's potential more vigorously than Wal-Mart.
  11. There are hidden costs associated with doing business in China.
  12. Piracy is a problem.
  13. China's heavy buying of U.S. debt has lowered the cost of money in the U.S.
  14. Americans and Chinese have become reliant on each other's most controversial habits.
#13 will continue to be very important as the U.S. and China wrangle over China's pegged exchange rate.
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