Thursday, June 09, 2005

Big China

Random Gleanings: A Falling Tide?
In the last 30 years, China’s economy has grown three times over, and is currently growing three times faster than the U.S.’s, which itself is the fastest-growing in the industrialized world. The country’s population comprises one-fifth of humanity and is carrying out the biggest migration in history, with 300 million having left the countryside for cities, which in turn are growing at an amazing rate. There are now between 100 and 160 cities in China that have populations of one million or more, compared with nine in the United States.