China Counts...And Counts

Totaling up more than a billion people is just the beginning. There's steel production (up 25%), makeup sales (up 19%) and the number of "large domestic animals" that suffered from a shortage of drinking water last year (29.36 million). From rice harvests to sports medals, China's new census quantifies all the ways a poor country is getting rich. The U.S. leads the economic race, but China is sprinting to catch up. [This article consists of a complex diagram. Please see hardcopy of magazine.] CHINA pop. 1,314,480,000 U.S. pop. 301,325,000

GDP [CHINA] $2.7 trillion $2,054 per person

[U.S.] $13.2 trillion...

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