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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Sunday, February 29, 2004

China 2003 Socioeconomic Statistics

China Study Group

The 2003 socio-economic statistics for China in 2003 are out and show a staggering 9.1% increase in GDP over the previous year with little increase in inflation figures.

What is very interesting to note is the absolutely staggering fuel import figures.

"China last year imported 91.12 million tons of crude oil, up 31.3 percent; 28.24 million tons of oil products, up 38.8 percent; and 37.17 million tons of rolled steel, up 51.8 percent."

At this rate China will become highly dependent on the outside world and as a result increase it's susceptibility to any form of pressure economic or social.

As well, such increasing integration into the world economy can only further assist in the opening up of the channels of communication at all levels which can only be a positive thing.

From a human rights perspective this is good as it will allow foreign governments and organisations increased economic leverage to elicit change.