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futuramb:

More smartphones now sold in China than in U.S. — Mobile Technology News

Smartphone adoption may be high in the U.S. but overall smartphone sales are highest in China. A new research note published by Strategy Analytics on Wednesday estimates that 23.9 million smartphones shipped in China during the third quarter of 2011. That figure is slightly above the 23.3 million smartphones shipped in the U.S.
Clearly, China’s much larger population is part of the reason, but this data suggests that in a country with 1.3 billion people, China is where it’s at for smartphone sales growth going forward. If the smartphone numbers aren’t convincing, consider that China is expected to surpass 1 billion mobile connections by May, 2012.

Posted at 11:35am and tagged with: mobile, tech, technology, smartphones, trends, China,.

futuramb:

More smartphones now sold in China than in U.S. — Mobile Technology News
Smartphone adoption may be high in the U.S. but overall smartphone sales are highest in China. A new research note published by Strategy Analytics on Wednesday estimates that 23.9 million smartphones shipped in China during the third quarter of 2011. That figure is slightly above the 23.3 million smartphones shipped in the U.S.
Clearly, China’s much larger population is part of the reason, but this data suggests that in a country with 1.3 billion people, China is where it’s at for smartphone sales growth going forward. If the smartphone numbers aren’t convincing, consider that China is expected to surpass 1 billion mobile connections by May, 2012.

climateadaptation:

“Planning Cities for People

ClimateWorks is a San Francisco based foundation whose mission is to support public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity. This document, Planning Cities for People, was prepared for the Chinese government and contains 8 research-based recommendations that lead to prosperous, low-carbon urban areas. The document uses richly illustrated maps and diagrams to present examples of street-grids that promote walking, prioritize bicycle networks, create mixed-use neighborhoods and support high-quality transit”

Via SunFoundation

Posted at 6:11pm and tagged with: cities, China,.

climateadaptation:

“Planning Cities for People
ClimateWorks is a San Francisco based foundation whose mission is to  support public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and  promote global prosperity. This document, Planning Cities for People,  was prepared for the Chinese government and contains 8 research-based  recommendations that lead to prosperous, low-carbon urban areas. The  document uses richly illustrated maps and diagrams to present examples  of street-grids that promote walking, prioritize bicycle networks,  create mixed-use neighborhoods and support high-quality transit”

Via SunFoundation

- David Barboza, Households Pay a Price for China’s Growth

So, Chinese ‘growth’ is a new ponzi scheme: using the savings of the frugal Chinese workers to inflate the value of real estate, making speculators and officials wealthy, and of course, making the country ripe for the real estate bubble to collapse.

(via stoweboyd)

Posted at 4:43pm and tagged with: china, chinese real estate bubble, economics, state capitalism, xl,.

Economists say that for China to continue serving as one of the world’s few engines of economic growth, it will need to cultivate a consumer class that buys more of the world’s products and services, and shares more fully in the nation’s wealth.

But rather than rising, China’s consumer spending has actually plummeted in the last decade as a portion of the overall economy, to about 35 percent of gross domestic product, from about 45 percent. That figure is by far the lowest percentage for any big economy anywhere in the world. (Even in the sleepwalking American economy, the level is about 70 percent of G.D.P.)

Unless China starts giving its own people more spending power, some experts warn, the nation could gradually slip into the slow-growth malaise that now afflicts the United States, Europe and Japan. Already this year, China’s economic growth rate has begun to cool off.

“This growth model is past its sell-by date,” says Michael Pettis, a professor of finance at Peking University and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “If China is going to continue to grow, this system will have to change. They’re going to have to stop penalizing households.”

The Communist Party, in its latest five-year plan, has promised to bolster personal consumption. But doing so would risk undermining a pillar of the country’s current financial system: the household savings that support the government-run banks.

Here in Jilin City, where chemical manufacturing is the dominant industry, the state banks are flush with money from savings accounts. The banks use that money to make low-interest loans to corporate beneficiaries — including real estate developers, helping fuel a speculative property bubble that has raised housing prices beyond the reach of many consumers. It is a dynamic that has played out in dozens of cities throughout China.

China ‘losing edge’ as low-cost manufacturer, says KPMG

Indonesia and Bangladesh are benefiting most as rising costs in China force firms to switch production, it says.

Full Story: BBC

Posted at 10:43am and tagged with: China, economic,.

China ‘losing edge’ as low-cost manufacturer, says KPMG


Indonesia and Bangladesh are benefiting most as rising costs in China force firms to switch production, it says.
Full Story: BBC

stoweboyd:

China produces nearly 95 percent of the world’s rare earth materials, and it is taking the steps to improve pollution controls in a notoriously toxic mining and processing industry. But the moves also have potential international trade implications and have started yet another round of price increases for rare earths, which are vital for green-energy products including giant wind turbines, hybrid gasoline-electric cars and compact fluorescent bulbs. General Electric, facing complaints in the United States about rising prices for its compact fluorescent bulbs, recently noted in a statement that if the rate of inflation over the last 12 months on the rare earth element europium oxide had been applied to a $2 cup of coffee, that coffee would now cost $24.55.
I read in Wikipedia that rare earths are distributed globally, but it will take years to build up the infrastructure to process them in reasonable quantities.

Posted at 1:35pm and tagged with: China,.

climateadaptation:

Chinese environmental groups claim that Apple manufacturers have been releasing harmful pollutants into the environment. A report by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and other non-governmental Chinese environment groups cited, for example, that an Apple factory in the city…

Posted at 10:33am and tagged with: apple, ibtimes, business, economy, jobs, china, pollution, taxes, free market, libertarian, news, hazards, cognitive dissonance, denial, regulations, human health, health, rivers, toxic, environment, environmental law, law,.

stoweboyd:

Waidi ren, or ‘outsiders’, are the rural unskilled who migrate to China’s booming cities illegally, and are forming a permanent underclass:

Andrew Jacobs, China Takes Aim at Rural Influx

According to the Beijing Bureau of Statistics, more than one-third of the capital’s 19.6 million…

Posted at 7:21am and tagged with: china, civil unrest, economics, hukuo, policy, rural migration, underclass, urbanization, waidi ren, future unrest,.

New Boston Consulting Group Report Elaborates on Why America Is Likely to See a ‘Manufacturing Renaissance’

The analysis is based on rising costs in China and the advantages in being closer to customers.

You can download the report by going to the original story which is a BCG press release.

Full Story: Boston Consulting Group

Posted at 9:51am and tagged with: forecasts, USA, China, economic, manufacturing,.

New Boston Consulting Group Report Elaborates on Why America Is Likely to See a ‘Manufacturing Renaissance’

The analysis is based on rising costs in China and the advantages in being closer to customers.
You can download the report by going to the original story which is a BCG press release.

Full Story: Boston Consulting Group

China inches ahead of US in PC sales for the first time


We may be living in a “post PC" world according to some, but PCs are unquestionably still big business, and they’re now a bigger business in China than anywhere else. That’s according to the latest report from market research firm IDC, at least, which found that both PC sales and shipments in China inched ahead of those in the US for the second quarter 

Full Story: EndGadget

Posted at 6:37pm and tagged with: China, USA, economic, tech, technology, computers, trends,.

China inches ahead of US in PC sales for the first time


We may be living in a “post PC" world according to some, but PCs are unquestionably still big business, and they’re now a bigger business in China than anywhere else. That’s according to the latest report from market research firm IDC, at least, which found that both PC sales and shipments in China inched ahead of those in the US for the second quarter 
Full Story: EndGadget