AMIDST GLOBAL GLOOM, 2021 WAS THE BEST YEAR IN CONTEMPORARY CHINESE HISTORY. HERE’S WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED.
BY GODFREE ROBERTS
- Eliminated extreme poverty.
- Reached 98% home ownership.
- Kept the Covid death rate at 0.6% of America’s.
- Grew the economy by $2 trillion PPP, the fastest growth ever.
- Became the richest country on earth.
- Became the world’s biggest overseas investor.
- Became the world’s largest movie market.
- Produced one new billionaire and 300 millionaires every workday.
- Completed new train lines in seven countries, including Laos’ first.
- Ran 15,000 cargo trains to and from Europe, up 30% YoY.
- Joined RCEP trade pact, with 30% of global GDP and 30% of the world’s population.
- Sold $140 billion retail online in 24 hours (Amazon’s record is $5 billion).
- Launched the first central bank digital currency.
- Dominated scientific research and issued the most patents of any country.
- Built three exascale computers to win the Gordon Bell prize.
- Built a programmable quantum computer 10,000x faster than Google’s Sycamore.
- Operated the first integrated, 3,000-mile, commercial, quantum communications network.
- Brought online two gas-cooled Pebble Bed nuclear power plants.
- Fired up two thorium-fueled reactors, eliminating uranium from power generation.
- Released a Covid treatment that reduces hospitalizations and deaths 78%.
- Made 55% of global energy savings.
- Generated 1 terawatt of renewable energy.
- Installed one-million 5G base stations, giving Tibet better 5G service than New York.
- Communicated between satellites via lasers, 1,000x faster than radio waves.
- Operated the world’s most powerful solid rocket engine, with 500 tonnes thrust.
- Flew three hypersonic missiles around the planet.
- Released a fractional orbital bombardment missile from another missile at 17,000 mph.
- Simultaneously commissioned three warships, becoming the world’s biggest navy.
- Expect China to maintain this pace through 2022 by launching, among other things, the first, greenfield, automated, 21st century city for six million knowledge workers. With 70% woods and lakes, the loudest sound will be birdsongs.
Thanks to Godfree Roberts for his permission to reproduce this article. Godfree publishes Here Comes China.