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China Numbers: Books, Doctor Assaults & Shrinking Farmland



The numbers making news around China during the week of August 19, 2013

8.1 billion
Number of books published in China in 2012; up from 7.7 billion the previous year. The Atlantic

29 percent
Proportion of China’s salmon market held by Norwegian companies in the first half of this year; down from 92 percent in 2010. Industry experts blame this on backlash from China over the 2010 Nobel Peace prize. Financial Times

$126 billion
Size of Jiangsu Province’s bank debt. Reuters

$8 million
Amount that the family of Neil Heywood sought from the Bo family as compensation for his murder. New York Times

The average number of assaults on doctors per hospital in China in 2012, up from 20.6 in 2008. Wall Street Journal

150-200 million tons
Amount that China plans to reduce its coal consumption in coastal areas within five years. Business Insider

$14.2 billion
Net worth of Wang Jianlin, owner of China’s biggest commercial land developer – the Dalian Wanda Group – who has recently been crowned the richest person in China. eChinacities

6.2 percent
Proportion of China’s farmland that was engulfed by factories and sprawl between 1997 and 2008. The Atlantic


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