Crisis narrows China-UK gap

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200 years ago, United Kingdom was a leading nation of the world – both in regard to health and economy. In this video, Hans Rosling details UK’s 200-year journey, to present time, and also shows that China, in the coming five years, will narrow the gap to UK faster than ever.

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14 thoughts on “Crisis narrows China-UK gap

  1. A fascinating combination facts and graphics, and something I will be sharing with my students, especially as we’re based in Asia (in Singapore) and I teach at a Design School.

    An inspirational website. Thank you, Dr Rosling.

    Justin Lee

  2. China had a negative economic growth for one hundred years?

    Would it be possible that it was rather a stagnation or a small positive growth combined with a high increase in population size that caused this decrease of GDP/capita in the 19th century?

  3. Alexander,
    I agree with you. Moreover, it is of much less importance to discuss GDP or GDP/capita in the old times, especially in a agricultural society as ancient China.

  4. I am in China and wish I could watch this video, but it doesn’t run. I can see the TED talks and was able to watch the video on human rights, but the others I’ve clicked on are a blank. I’ve enjoy the discussions I’ve been able to see and hope you continue to explore new methods of distribution so those of us throughout the world can learn from your examples. Thanks.

  5. wait a sec…are you telling me that the UK will not see an improvement in its GDP per-capita in the next 5-6 years? I find that hard to believe. I mean I know its growth rate won’t equal China’s, but 0 growth. I don’t know about that.

  6. I am a A level student and I find your videos very interesting. As for Samuel we are in an economic crisis in Britain so it is not surprising that we do not have any growth in GDP per-capita.

  7. IT IS NOTABLE HOW CHINA GROWS WHEN IT OPEN ITS ECONOMY TO THE FREE WORLD
    THANK YOU

  8. >China had a negative economic growth for one hundred years?
    >Would it be possible that it was rather a stagnation or a small positive growth combined with a high >increase in population size that caused this decrease of GDP/capita in the 19th century?

    “China” has in been a mess since the Opium war until the recent “economic reform” on the Mainland

    It would be great to compare how different administrations performed, that of The Republic of China on Taiwan and PRC was like during this same periods 1911, 1949, 1979 to 2009.

  9. I am continuously amazed at the willingness of Western academics, business leaders, and others to accept Chinese statistics and data at face value. I just cannot think of a single example of a statistic that came out of any level of the Chinese government that has borne up under scientific scrutiny by impartial outside investigators. Having lived and worked in a compliance type role in China for over 5 years, I can personally attest that in every factory or company we ever audited, the production or inventory or sales or whatever data was fabricated. There are a variety of cultural and incentive factors that make this pretty much guaranteed. Comparisons of China against other countries (or even itself) are simply nonsensical for this reason.

  10. Ur word is a little bit extreme. No matter how the data came out, number is number, the reality is more powerful than the data. The fake thing can never be true. Do you really think China can actually play its important role in world economic with some fake data?

  11. I am continuously amazed at the willingness of Western academics, business leaders, and others to accept Chinese statistics and data at face value. I just cannot think of a single example of a statistic that came out of any level of the Chinese government that has borne up under scientific scrutiny by impartial outside investigators. Having lived and worked in a compliance type role in China for over 5 years, I can personally attest that in every factory or company we ever audited, the production or inventory or sales or whatever data was fabricated. There are a variety of cultural and incentive factors that make this pretty much guaranteed. Comparisons of China against other countries (or even itself) are simply nonsensical for this reason.

  12. I am continuously amazed at the willingness of Western academics, business leaders, and others to accept Chinese statistics and data at face value. I just cannot think of a single example of a statistic that came out of any level of the Chinese government that has borne up under scientific scrutiny by impartial outside investigators. Having lived and worked in a compliance type role in China for over 5 years, I can personally attest that in every factory or company we ever audited, the production or inventory or sales or whatever data was fabricated. There are a variety of cultural and incentive factors that make this pretty much guaranteed. Comparisons of China against other countries (or even itself) are simply nonsensical for this reason.

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