(More) China: Teeing Off in London Today

The first slide I use today in London will be cryptic:

168/18,500/51,000/600/200/60,000

That's it.

You've read all the bits in prior blogs, but I think there's something powerful .... INEVITABLE ... of getting it all down in a single line of numeric type.

168 ... number of miles of Expressways in China in '89.
18,500 ... number of miles of Expressways in China today.
51,000 ... number of miles of Expressways in China in 2008.* (*Our Interstate system tallies 46,500 miles.)

600 ... number of foreign corporate R & D labs in China.* (*E.g. Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, 200-professionals strong.)
200 ... number of new foreign-owned corporate R & D labs to be constructed in China in the next 12 months.

60,000 ... number of foreign-owned factories built in China between 2000 and 2003.

Yup! Something's definitely up!