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ความคิดพเนจร - Кочевые Мысли - Pensées Nomades - الأفكار البدوية - Pensamentos Nómadas - 游牧理念

nomadic thoughts

ความคิดพเนจร - Кочевые Мысли - Pensées Nomades - الأفكار البدوية - Pensamentos Nómadas - 游牧理念

China #1


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This LIST is a compilation of dynamic charts showing many types of indicators in which the People's Republic of China already ranks number 1. Some are obvious facts, but some others will maybe surprise you. 

A careful look into these dynamic charts can help you to better understand the Chinese fast-paced development in almost all categories you can think of, including education excellency, the number of patents annually registered, the biggest banks in the world, or even the biggest annual production of strawberries! 

A careful look into all this will also help you identify the key moments of China's development back to where China always belonged. By watching these dynamic charts, we can find out that, for instance, the last 3 big leaps occurred roughly around the years 2000, 2007, and 2017.


NOTE: This is an open post. I will continue to update it in the future, and kindly invite the readers to propose more charts (use the comment box for that purpose). For instance, it would be interesting to add some statistics on reforestation, cargo ship fleet, recycling, and so on. 




When might the US actually find itself number two? In what year might China overtake the United States to become the number-one auto market, the biggest market for luxury goods, or even the largest economy in the world, full stop?

Most students are stunned to learn that on most indicators, China has already surpassed the United States. As the largest producer of ships, steel, aluminum, furniture, clothing, textiles, cell phones, and computers, China has become the manufacturing powerhouse of the world. Students are even more surprised to discover that China has also become the world’s largest consumer of most products. America was the birthplace of the automobile, but China is now both the largest automaker and the largest auto market. Chinese consumers bought twenty million cars in 2015—three million more than were sold in the US. China is also the world’s largest market for cell phones and e-commerce, and has the largest number of Internet users. China imported more oil, consumed more energy, and installed more solar power than any other nation. Perhaps most devastatingly for America’s self-conception, in 2016—as it has since the 2008 worldwide financial crisis—China continued to serve as the primary engine of global economic growth.

[Destined for War: Can America and China escape Thucydides' Trap?, by Graham Allison]



GDP (PPP) - History & Projection (1800-2040)

Total Reserves Including Gold



(China plus the Chinese cities of Hong Kong and Macau)

High-Technology Exports

Clothing Exports

International Foreign Exchange & Gold Reserves

Largest Bank In The World by Assets

Foreign Exchange reserves

Largest Trade Surplus

(By the way, look at who has the Largest Trade Deficit!)

Largest Exporting (Trade) 

International Trade Exports



Patent Application

Trademark Application

Industrial Design



PISA Test Results - TOTAL

PISA Test Results - Science 

PISA Test Results - Math

PISA Test Results - Reading 

International Mathematical Olympiad Gold Medal

International Physics Olympiad Gold Medal

International Chemistry Olympiad Gold Medal

US International Students - by Country of Origin

(alternative video)



Energy Consumption by country


Primary Energy Consumption

Electricity Production 

Solar Energy Production

Wind Energy Production

Hydropower Electricity Production

Renewable Electricity Production



Total Manufacturing 

Passanger Car Production

Total Vehicle Production 

Textile Manufacturing

Paper Production

Cement Production 



Number of International Tourists

(China plus the Chinese cities of Hong Kong and Macau)

Earning the Most from International Tourism

(China plus the Chinese cities of Hong Kong and Macau)



Gold Production

Steel Production 

Aluminium Production

Iron Ore Production

Coal Production



Mobile Phone Subscriptions

Number Of Internet Users



Total Agricultural Production

(alternative video)

Wheat Production

Rice Production

Grain Production 

Agricultural Land Area 

Fresh Fruit Production

(alternative video)

Meat Production

Fish Production

Vegetable Production

(alternative video)

Cereal Production

Egg Production

Number Of Pigs

Grapes Production

Strawberry Production

Tomato Production

Honey Production

Total Tobacco (Cigarette) Production

Silk Production



Total Bridge Lenght

New Passenger Car Sales

Electric Cars In Use

High-Speed Railway (Km)

Longest Metro Systems

Longest High-Speed Railway (Train) Lines 

Longest Highways

Busiest Airport (#1 Cargo, #2 Passengers)

Electric Vehicles

Transportation of goods by railway

High-Speed Railway Construction 

Export of bycicles



Construction Value Added  

Total Skyscraper Height



Company Game Revenue



Total Population

Urban Population

Total Elder Population



Army size




Despite all this Chinese development, China is still NOT #1 in TOTAL SUM of CO2 emissions.

The U.S. is!

Nonetheless, China is already #1 in annual CO2 emission, which is absolutely normal given the fact China is the factory of the world and, a very big percentage of industrial production in China is owned by Western companies. 




On the subject of the amazing Chinese development, you should definitely watch the documentary series China Mega Projects:



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