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China Numbers: Coal Taxes, Homeschooling & Fainting Bo

The numbers making news around China during the week of August 26, 2013

27 percent
Proportion of new homes in London bought by Chinese in 2012. Quartz

30 out of 100
Proportion of married couples in Hong Kong that divorced in 2011. Business Insider

Number of times Bo Xilai claims he fainted during interrogations over the past 16 months. China File

11.7 billion yuan
Tax collected in Shanxi Province from the coal industry decreased by 11.7 billion yuan in the first six months of 2013. China Dialogue

54 percent
Of Chinese parents who homeschool their kids, 54 percent say they do so because they object to the teaching philosophy of traditional schools. Wall Street Journal

$6.8 trillion
Estimated amount that China will have to spend over two decades to integrate rural workers living in cities and towns so the country realizes benefits of urbanization. Bloomberg

71 percent
Average rate that China's e-commerce market grew from 2009 to 2012, versus 13 percent in America. China’s total online shopping reached $212.4 billion in 2012, compared to $228.7 billion in the U.S. Reuters


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