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|Observations From China & Its Impact On The World|
Jun. 22nd, 2009 at 1:18 pm
I was in China last week for work (2nd visit in a year). There are several things that are fascinating about the country that I observed:
1. Scale – everything is big. The number of brand new skyscrapers either new or under construction is amazing. 16 of the World’s largest 50 metropolitan areas are in China (most of which I have never heard of) – the US has 3 of the top 50. Whereas the NYC to DC flights are average size planes (737s/A319s) that fly hourly shuttle flights, the Guangzhou to Beijing hourly shuttle flights are on Boeing 777s. Again everything is just a lot larger than the US.
Ok so what? Well, lets look forward 20 years. In 20 years, China will have infrastructure that will be much newer than the US, it has 5 times more people, the economy will be approaching the US in size (if not bigger), they will have world leading scientists (all trained in the US and paid for by the US taxpayer), they are nationalistic and excited about the future. Hmm, seems in contrast to the US where we like to complain about everything, our infrastructure is aging and falling apart, few Americans want to be scientists, and our nationalism is pretty weak.
It will be an interesting comparison in 20 years…