Thursday, February 17

China has "eclipsed" the US as a consumer nation

China emerges as global consumer

* 64m tons of meat were consumed in China in 2004 compared to 38m tons in the US
* 258m tons of steel were used in China in 2003 compared to 104m in the US
* China's factories and homes burned 40% more coal than in the US
* The number of PCs in China is doubling every 28 months.

However, per capita consumption in China - the world's most populous country - remains far below that of the US.
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