China

Private healthcare in China – Graphic of the day

Privatization is a key part of China’s push to revamp an unpopular national healthcare system, plagued by crowded hospitals, corruption and simmering tension between patients and staff. Spurred by government policies and soaring demand for healthcare, private care is growing fast, as seen in today’s graphic below.

Private healthcare in China

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Thirsty for more water – Graphic of the day

The 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) expects China’s total water usage to reach 818 billion cubic meters in 2030. The Chinese government, on the other hand, is aiming to cap the country’s annual water consumption at 700 billion cubic meters in 2030. Today’s graphic tracks China’s national water usage since 2000.

water

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China’s coal imports – Graphic of the day

The world’s top importer of coal plans to curb shipments of low-quality coal with ash and sulphur content exceeding 15% and .6% respectively. Today’s graphic shows the top source countries for China’s coal imports.

china coal

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Southeast Asia defense – graphic of the day

Spurred in part by worsening tensions with China, Southeast Asian nations are building up their own defense industries, channelling fast-growing budgets to develop local expertise and eventually cut their dependence on big global arms firms. Today’s graphic shows the 2013 military expenditure for a variety of Southeast Asian countries.

southeast asia defense

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China’s food scandal – graphic of the day

Chinese regulators shut a meat supplier in Shanghai, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group, following a TV report that showed workers picking up meat from a factory floor, as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. Today’s graphic shows a timeline of food safety incidents in China as well as a snapshot of OSI Group.

food scandal

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BRICS’ development bank – graphic of the day

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a development bank and a currency reserve pool in their first concrete steps toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system. Today’s graphic breaks down the initial contributions by each country. Make sure to check out yesterday’s graphic which compared the BRICS economies to the United States.

BRICS

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BRICS economies – graphic of the day

The leaders of the BRICS economies are expected to sign a deal that creates a $100 billion bank and a reserves fund to challenge Western dominance over global finance. Today’s graphic shows the GDP, current account balance and exports for the five BRICS economies, compared to the United States.

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South China Sea face off – graphic of the day

China has accused Vietnam of ramming its ships more than 1,000 times in a part of the sea and said while it wanted good relations with its neighbor, it would not abandon principles to achieve that. Today’s graphic is a timeline of close encounters between China and neighboring countries over disputed territories in the South China Sea.

South China Sea

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Higher education in China – graphic of the day

The Chinese government is reexamining its higher education system as many of the college graduates who are entering the job market are often ill-equipped to fill those jobs. Today’s graphic shows higher education data in China since 2001.

higher education

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Closing in on Zhou’s circle – graphic of the day

After former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang fell from grace, many of his aides and associates have been placed under investigation. He and his wife are currently under house arrest. In a campaign unprecedented in modern China, Chinese President Xi Jinping is determined to bring down Zhou for making a behind-the-scenes grab for power, the sources say. Today’s graphic diagrams Zhou Yongkang’s inner circle.

Zhou Yongkang

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