Archive for March, 2012
China is now way ahead in terms of world’s shipping volume. In 2010, among the world’s largest 10 container ports, 6 are out of China. Shanghai now is the World’s biggest container port, handling more containers per year than Singapore or Hong Kong. Another fact worth noting is that 9 out of world’s 10 busiest container ports are all in Asia – tells something about where the future is?
Recently the housing price in China seemed to have calmed down. However, it is probably still too high considering the price of the house to the income level of the local residents. It is estimated that Dalian and Hangzhou have the highest (housing) price to income ratio in China. Internationally the price to income ratio need to come down to below 8 for houses to become affordable – in China only Changsha and Dongguan seem to be affordable under this criteria.
China’s GDP growth is heavily dependent on the use of Steel, which has been growing steadily in the past 20 years. Such a fact showed how reliant China’s growth is on infrastructure building and property development in the past two decades.
During the last 10 years, China has become the de facto engine for world commodity demands. As of 2010, China accounted for 61.5% of world’s Iron Ore demand and 58.5% of World’s soybean demand. China is also one of the largest importer of other products such as coal and oil. It would be scary to imagine the impact on world commodity price if China slows down.
A very good video clip from Business Insider to talk about the difference between China and India. Democracy and Economic development, which comes first? It seems that the China way is winning the argument for the moment.