Some staggering facts re China :-
The world population is conservatively accepted to be = 8 billion
Put them all in a line then every 1/100 = British, every 1/1500 = NZ
Every 1/5 will be Chinese. = one quarter of the world population.
China pop = X 5 the USA.
Farmers in China = one in three of their population.
Pigs or pork = China has over 50% of the world pop & eats them all.
Ducks = far more than 50%
This info courtesy of Joe Bennett in his book " Where underpants come from" which anyone that wants to gain an insight into just how increasingly powerful China will become, absolutely should read even if it is based on 8 yo info.
As hordes of the population are constantly moving from the country areas to the cities to join in the exploding manufacturing sector it is not very far off world domination. Having gained world domination there is no reason it should not retain it for many centuries to come, if not for however many years are left to our species, because :-
Already most of us are clothed by China, Shod by China, supplied hardware, machinery, toys etc etc by China, & eventually cars, trucks, aircraft etc. Most western countries are effectively in debt to China & will no doubt become increasingly so. If China was to recall the debt the US owes then the US would virtually be bankrupted but thankfully they can ill afford to consider doing so for the time being, as would then lose their biggest customer.
For a couple of millennia China lead the world in technology along with pretty well everything else & looks like it is on the brink of doing so once again.
However the MOST amazing factor is the number of us in the Western world ( including NZ ) that consider China to be a backward nation, comprised primarily of sweat shops with the workers being paid with & surviving on a bowl of rice per day. This is not to say such conditions have not existed & do not to a lesser degree still remain in some pockets of the industries. however these remaining bastions are invariably fast being converted into high technology driven industries, still well capable of producing goods etc. at a more than competitive price. Plus if push came to shove, China being largely self sufficient, does not need to import hardly anything for their domestic market & anything they do if need be they could do without ... how many other countries can say the same ?
Admittedly they need to import certain commodities such as ore from Aust. raw cotton from the US etc. to make up their current China produced shortfall to feed their mammoth export industries but even so still manage to sell it back at a profit in the form of a refined, value added product, to the country from whence it came & elsewhere.
Many may consider, that this is a non fishing related topic therefore inappropriate to appear on a fishing forum. However the reality is that development in China is going to affect fishing / boating in most, if not all countries along with almost everything else, probably far sooner than we realize & there is no way we can stop it ,even if we wanted to.
Last edited by bazzanz; 05-26-2016 at 01:26 AM.