It’s always surprising just how many people we speak to have no idea of the scale of opportunities offered by China as an export market. Somewhat incredibly, many people are still of the opinion that China must be a poor country. The Atlantic has given lie to this myth, however, with a recent post comparing the economies of individual Chinese provinces with equivalent national economies elsewhere in the world. If you are exporting to Zhejiang (the province surrounding Shanghai) you are exporting to an economy in GDP terms the size of Sweden’s, while Hebei (the province surrounding Beijing) is of similar size to Denmark. Even the relatively poor province of Hunan matches Finland in GDP terms, while Jiangsu province is analogous to the booming Turkish economy.
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