1.something that actually exists; reality; truth: Your fears have no basis in fact.
2.something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
3.a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
4.something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
5.Law. Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence.
Who is the editor for these articles? To quote Princess Bridge, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
(1) By 2025, China will build TEN New York-sized cities.
(2) By 2030, China will add more new city-dwellers than the entire U.S. population.
(4) If the Chinese, one day, use as much oil per person as Americans, then the world will need seven more Saudi Arabias to meet their demand.(16)
Bonus: Chinese GDP could overtake the U.S. as soon as the early 2020s.
These are not facts. Theories, backed with statistical data, but not facts.
(3) China already consumes twice as much steel as the US, Europe and Japan combined.
(5) There are already more Christians in China than Italy, and China is on track to become the largest center of Christianity in the world.
(9) China still hasn't rid itself of Europe's medieval plague.
(14) 50% of counterfeit goods come from China.
(15) The majority of Chinese drink polluted water.
(11) China executes three times as many people as the rest of the world COMBINED... and uses mobile execution vans for efficiency.
(12) China averages 274 protests PER DAY.
I am not surpised by these at all. It is a question of numbers. A whole lot of people, and not all of them in the best of living conditions. However,
people consume - giving the results stated above.
(6) Chinese are far more likely to believe in evolution than Americans.
I will admit that I am a bit surprised on this one. At first glance, you would think this contradicts the religious aspect given above, but if you
look at the total numbers involved - their small percentage is close to the total population of other countries. Once again, a game for numbers.
(7) Chinese internet users are five times as likely to have blogs as Americans.
They also have the highest level of internet addiction, so not really surprised by this.
(8) China has 150% more soldiers than America does, plus a high tech 'Kill Weapon' the U.S. can't deal with.
The first part is a fact, due to shear numbers again. However, the second part is not. "If operational as is believed"
- this is going off
the marketing brosure, not any factual usage of the weapon.
(10) 40% of Chinese small businesses went bust or almost went bust during the world financial crisis.
"20 per cent went "to the brink of bankruptcy"" - this is a subjective term and not a fact, despite what people would want to claim. That is one
in five that did shut down - my guess is the mom & pop type of places. I am curious what the actual numbers are compared to US small businesses.
"Those figures are skewed by the fact that state-owned enterprises are government-backed and essentially risk-free." and "China's big four
state-owned banks account for more than 50 per cent of the market and have traditionally lent to larger state-owned enterprises, regarding lending to
small businesses an inconvenience." adds some rather interesting data to the mix.
(13) When you buy Chinese stocks, you are basically financing the Chinese government. Eight of Shanghai's top ten stocks are state-controlled
arms of the government.
Once again, an opinion piece. Now, if it said "you had a 80% chance of financing the government", it would be a fact.
It really does amaze me what journalists are allowed to publish these days. I guess the day of fact-checking facts is long gone. Nothing really mind
blowing eiher on the facts they did present. Good article to post, though.