760,000 people die every year in #China because of pollution; PRC hosts 16/20 of world's most polluted cities tinyurl.com/aqnyw5z #Beijing— Asad Yawar (@Mediolana) January 15, 2013
Pollution cost #China's economy US$112bn in just twelve months (2005) owing to lost labour and medical care costs tinyurl.com/aqnyw5z #WHO— Asad Yawar (@Mediolana) January 15, 2013
Filed under Economic Development, Environment, Urban Life
Tagged as air pollution, Beijing, cancer, China, medical care, premature deaths from air pollution, productivity, smog, World Health Organisation
China is not a democracy, and so is limited in areas beyond mass industrial production. The super-elite have no interest in being nice to the people they rule over. That is just a hard fact which more people need to be aware of.
One of the many Chinese paradoxes is that despite a rather authoritarian system, they perform surprisingly strongly in the creative industries (though generally not yet pop culture). The 2011 inauguration of Bejing’s Design Week (http://mediolana.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/from-made-in-china-to-imagined-in-china/) is testament to this. That said, it makes the elite-masses gap you point to even more of an issue – a conscious Chinese citizenry is one that desires appropriate engagement.
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