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China Numbers: Waistlines, Empty Houses & Political Fear

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer. Source: Xinhua

The numbers making news around China during the week of June 17, 2013

67 percent
Proportion of China’s 7 million graduating college seniors that still haven’t signed an employment contract. All-China Women’s Federation

14.8 per 1,000
The birth defect rate in Beijing in 2012. This compares to 5 per 1,000 in 1996. All China Women’s Federation

13.1 percent
China’s weighted-average overnight repo rate on June 20, illustrating an extreme lack of liquidity in the country’s banking system. Reuters

Number of the world’s top 500 supercomputers that are in China. Roughly half are in the United States. The Economist

30 percent
Proportion of China’s industrial output that comes on the back of subsidies, according to a recent study. Financial Times

28.9 percent
The housing vacancy rate in Beijing, according to a police survey. Caijing

5.5 million
Surplus of males over females in Guangdong Province. The total population has 55.75 million men and 50.19 million women. People’s Daily

91 percent
Proportion of 5,138 young university teachers who said they choose not to voice their political opinions as they fear the pressure that would result. Global Times

0.9 cm
Average amount Beijing’s men saw their waistlines grow from 2008 to 2012. Curiously, women’s waistlines shrank by 0.1 cm. All China Women’s Federation



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