China Fast Facts
China is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam. China’s land area is 9,596,961 sq km which makes it the world’s 4th largest country by size; only slightly smaller than the United States. China is densely populated in many areas. With a population of 1,330,141,295 (July 2010 est.), China is the world’s largest country by population size.
China Economy and GDP
The Chinese economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The Chinese economic revolution started in 1978 when the Chinese government opened its gates to capitalism and foreign investment. China's economy has changed considerably during the past 30 years from a centrally planned system that was largely closed to international trade to a more market-oriented economy that has a rapidly growing private sector and is a major player in the global economy.
China’s economy is estimated to have a GDP of $8.789 trillion (2009 est. in US dollars) which makes it the world’s 2nd largest economy when measured in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP).
Reforms that started in the late 1970s included the phasing out of collectivized agriculture, and expanded to include the gradual liberalization of prices, fiscal decentralization, the foundation of a diversified banking system, the development of stock markets, the rapid growth of the non-state sector, and the opening to foreign trade and investment.
China has exhibited a consistent growth of more than 9 percent since 1978 with the per capita income swelling by four times since 2001. The economy of China is expected to grow in the range of 7 to 9 percent over the next decade.
Over the years, the development in China and the growth of the Chinese economy have placed it strongly on the global map. Consumption patterns in China have made a huge impact on the global economy. One of the reasons for rising in oil prices can be attributed to the surge in demand from China. The significant growth of automobiles has lead to higher dependence oil imports.
Some of the analysts closely studying the Chinese economy expect it to become larger than the U.S. economy in the next two decades. At Global Profit$ Alert we believe China can achieve this goal in less than the next ten years.
China in our view is one of the most remarkable economic success stories in world history and a tremendous long term investment opportunity for investors worldwide.
Investing in China and the Chinese Economy
There are many ways to invest in China ranging from Chinese stocks traded internationally in the United States (and locally in Hong Kong), to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) specific to China or including China as part of emerging Asia, as well as ETFs on specific commodities, China stock indexes, and investment sectors from China. Investors seeking to learn more about investment opportunities in China should click below:
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