I had a conversation with Rob Watson, a leader in green building movement and founding father of LEED – a certification program and benchmark for designing and constructing green buildings. For the past decade, Rob has been instrumental in developing China’s green building standards.
With its unprecedented urbanization and a growing middle class, China is adding a New York City every two years. The question on everyone’s mind is where all the resources will come from and whether China can sustain its growth.
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A recent McKinsey Global Institute report “Preparing for China’s Urban Billion” says that the country’s unprecedented urbanization will continue over the next 20 years, and by 2030 China’s urban population will reach 1 billion. Here are some numbers that are indeed mind-bogging:
– By 2025, China will have 221 cities with more than one million inhabitants – compared with 35 in Europe today.
– China’ urban population will expand from 572 million in 2005 to 926 million in 2025. Over 350 million people will move from rural areas to the cities – more than the population of the Unite States. Continue reading
Like thousands of people who went to see the Olympic torch relay in San Francisco, I was deeply disappointed by not seeing a single flame. Later, I watched the videos of the live reports on Youtube. My heart sank to the bottom. I have never seen anything like this: the Olympic torch – a symbol of world peace – was heavily guarded by three walls of police and security. Continue reading
This is a hilarious summary of the confused minds of the Western world…, so confused that even the Chinese people get confused (from China Herald).
What do you want from us?
When we were called “sick man of Asia”, we were called peril.
When we billed to be the next superpower, we’re called the threat. Continue reading
More than ten thousand people showed up to support the San Francisco Olympic torch relay yesterday. They never got to see the torch as it took a different route in the last minute for security reasons. But here are some photos:
While the US economy is stumbling into recession, China’s retail spending, fueled by a burgeoning middle class, is on the rise. In 2007, China saw a 17 percent growth in its retail market, and there is no sign of slowing down. Continue reading