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Infrastructure in Brazil: falling 20 positions in logistics ranking

Brazil fell twenty positions in the world ranking logistics of the World Bank (Bird), which measures the efficiency of transport systems in 160 countries. Brazil occupied the 65th place in the ranking. This is the worst placement since the ranking was released in 2007.

Consumer Behavior Trend Watching

Consumer Behavior in Brazil: iPad mini is the world’s most expensive

Released recently, the iPad Mini in Brazil has the highest value among all the official channels of the Apple Store. According to IT Data Consulting, the difference between the value of imports and sales is 115% […]

China Design Economics

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: World Bank injects $200 million for China’s urban environment

World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a loan to China –$200 million to support the Shanghai Urban Environment Project […]

China Economics Trend Watching

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: future cities to make small carbon footprint

Even as China undergoes one of the most rapid urban transformations in the world, the Chinese government is promoting sustainable development to curb the country’s growing rate of carbon emissions, a World Bank urban specialist said in Beijing on recently […]

China Consumer Behavior

Living in China: “Thank you for Smoking”!

One out of every three cigarettes is lit in China, and respiratory disease is on the rise. Some are asking what the future of smoking will look like in China. US-China Today clears the haze […]

China Economics

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Shanghai to speed infrastructure investment, boost job rolls

Shanghai needs to push investment in infrastructure, expand domestic consumption and aid threatened enterprises as it strives to help its citizens and businesses survive the global economic downturn, Mayor Han Zheng said recently […]

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Living in China: GDP could be 2.5 times that of the US by 2030

China’s economy could be 2.5 times that of the US by 2030, based on Japan’s experience and the yuan’s appreciation against the greenback, a senior Chinese economist says in Harvard Business Review’s Chinese edition. The forecast by Justin Lin Yifu, head of Peking University‘s China Center for Economic Research and recently appointed chief economist of the World Bank, in the May issue of the magazine published on Thursday is one of the most ambitious for China’s economic growth…

China Economics Information Technology Innovation Trend Watching

China: Technology, Innovation and the Environment

Since the beginning of its economical opening — when the first 5-year plans were devised in 1979 — China has being growing at an incredible speed, with its GNP numbers jumping from 44 billion dollars to 1.6 trillion dollars in just 20 years. Such growth has pushed the Chinese manufacturing industry into devouring huge amounts of natural resources in a alarming way: in 2004, China — the 8th largest economy in GNP scale — consumed 8% of all the oil, 31% of all the coal, 10% of all the electricity, 30% of all ore, 30% of all steel, 19% of all aluminum, 20% of all the copper and 40% of all cement produced in the world […]