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Analysts split over report saying China ‘far healthier’ than America

USA China FlagsA report by a top mainland academic institution that suggests China is in a far healthier state than the United States and will soon overtake the world’s only superpower economically has sparked controversy, with some analysts casting doubt on it.

China’s “national health” has been better than that of the US since 2007, and its advantage will grow further from 2019, when China is expected to become the world’s biggest economy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said in its first National Health Report.

National health was defined as a country’s “overall conditions … using resource sufficiency and wealth distribution as the major criteria”, Xinhua reported, without elaborating.

Describing the US as a man past his prime and China as a vigorous youngster, the report said national health was the best form of capital that China could use to surpass the US.

China was likely to surpass the US in an all-round way by 2049, the year the People’s Republic will celebrate its centenary, state media quoted the report as saying.

Analysts questioned the methodology used by the researchers and their conclusions.

“There are a lot of questionable hypotheses in the report. They assume everything in China will go smoothly. They don’t take into account uncertainty,” said Zhuang Jian , senior economist at the Asian Development Bank‘s mission in China.

Zhuang said China was at a historic juncture in its development, and faced many challenges that would require fundamental reform if it was to overcome what economists call the “middle income trap” and ensure sustainable growth.

A report on the popular 163.com news website quoted Xiang Songzha , chief economist with state-run Agriculture Bank of China, as saying the report was questionable. “China lags far behind the US in medical and education services, housing and pension systems,” Xiang said.

The Global Times, a tabloid known for its nationalistic stance, said the report’s findings were seen by some as being overly chauvinistic. “The report is indicative of anti-US sentiment in Chinese society,” Fang Zhouzi , famous for exposing academic fraud, told the paper.

Much of the online reaction was satirical, with one blogger saying the academy should put North Korea at the top of the happiness list, followed by China and with the US ranked last.

But in an interview with China News Service, Yang Duogui , head of the research team, rejected the criticism, saying that the methodologies used were commonly employed by international institutions.

The report included assessments of what it called the “national health” of 100 countries, analysing factors such as economic immunity and national decision-making and enforcement capacity and national responsibilities. The countries were classified into four categories, based on their national health status.

In the “national responsibilities” category, China ranked second, while the US ranked bottom. China also topped others in the “immunity” category.

Overall, China was ranked 11th, with a national health status of “up to standard”, while the US, Japan, Germany, France and Britain were among the 37 countries rated “health deficient”.

Sweden, Finland and Australia ranked among the top 10 countries, with “surplus health”. Ethiopia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan were ranked at the bottom. Several decades of rapid economic growth has made China the world’s second-largest economy.

Source: SCMP “Analysts split over report saying China ‘far healthier’ than America”

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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