You'll never guess. Fidelity International lists some key facts on China as vice premier Li KeQiang leads a group of government officials and business leaders visiting the UK this week.
The following are according to the latest entries in the CIA World Factbook, which may or may not be more reliable than wikipedia.
First, the headline facts:
Land Area: 9.6m sq km
2009 GDP: US$4.98trn
2009 GDP per capita: US$6,700
Urban population: 43%
Arable land: 14.9%
Population aged over 65: 8.1%
Life expectancy at birth: 74.5 years
2009 Labour force: 813.5 million
Oil consumption: 8.2 million barrels/day
Some more facts
Chinese premier Deng Xiaoping introduced a programme of free-market reforms in 1978. Between 1978 and 2008, China's GDP increased by more than 80 times.
As at the end of 2009, the stock of foreign direct investment into China was estimated to be over US$456bn.
Progressive development has created a balanced economy, with a relatively minor dependence on agriculture compared to manufacturing and services.
China overtook Japan to become the world's second-largest economy in terms of GDP, behind the US, in the second quarter of 2010.
Over the past two decades China's economy has grown by an average of 9.9% per annum and the IMF has estimated that China contributed 27% of global growth in 2008.
China has become one of the leading global exporters, overtaking Germany in the export of manufactured goods in 2008:
Chinese exports by value, US$bn
- 1999: 194.9
- 2000: 249.2
- 2001: 266.1
- 2002: 325.6
- 2003: 438.2
- 2004: 593.3
- 2005: 762
- 2006: 968.9
- 2007: 1,217.8
- 2008: 1,430.7
Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China
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