Little Known Facts about China and America

Richard Kenneth Eng
4 min readJul 1, 2023

How They Fared During the Pandemic

According to Johns Hopkins, America had 1,123,836 Covid deaths for a per capita death rate of 341.11 per 100,000 population.

China had 101,056 Covid deaths for a per capita death rate of 7.16 per 100,000 population.

America’s per capita Covid death rate was 47.64 times greater than China’s.

It’s worth noting that other advanced economies did not fare much better than America:

  • UK — 220,721 deaths, 325.13 per 100,000 population
  • Italy — 188,322 deaths, 311.47 per 100,000 population
  • Germany — 168,935 deaths, 203.16 per 100,000 population
  • France — 166,176 deaths, 254.68 per 100,000 population
  • Spain — 119,479 deaths, 255.54 per 100,000 population
  • Japan — 72,997 deaths, 57.72 per 100,000 population (8.06 times worse than China)
  • Canada — 51,720 deaths, 135.23 per 100,000 population (18.89 times worse than China)

They all performed far worse than China.

How Much Debt Are They In

According to Trading Economics, America’s government debt-to-GDP is 129% compared to China’s 76.9% as of December 2022.

It’s worth comparing other advanced economies to China:

  • Japan — 264%
  • Italy — 145%
  • Canada — 113% (Dec/21)
  • Spain — 113%
  • France — 112%
  • UK — 101%
  • Germany — 66.3%

According to Trading Economics, America’s private debt-to-GDP is 218% compared to China’s 185% (CEIC Data*) as of December 2022.

It’s worth comparing other advanced economies to China:

  • France — 279%
  • Canada — 270%
  • Japan — 246% (Dec/21)
  • Spain — 206% (Dec/21)
  • UK — 194%
  • Germany — 182% (Dec/21)
  • Italy — 166% (Dec/21)

Overall, China’s debt is in line with all advanced economies.

* Trading Economics did not provide private debt-to-GDP data for China.

Their Demographics in 2075

According to Population Pyramid (based on UN data), China’s population in 2075 will be 1,029,035,604. America’s population in 2075 will be 389,390,579.

China’s working-age population (20–59) will be 412,563,029 which will be larger than the total US population!

China can still vastly outproduce America for many decades to come.

In 2100, China’s population will be 766,673,270. America’s population will be 394,041,155. China’s working-age population will be 300,826,825.

America’s working-age (20–59) population will be 176,590,202 and if you include up to age 64, it’s 199,708,902. Again, China can vastly outproduce America.

China is the Happiest Nation in the World!

According to the Global Happiness 2023 survey from Ipsos, China is the happiest country in the world at 91% compared to 76% for USA, 74% for Canada and France, and 70% for UK.

According to Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School in 2020, 95.5% of Chinese are satisfied with their government.

A 2019 UC San Diego study shows a high level of satisfaction among the Chinese across a range of aspects up to 95 percent.

China has the Most Trusted Government in the World!

According to the 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer, 89% of Chinese trust their government compared to 56% for France, 51% for Canada, 47% for Germany, 46% for Italy, 42% for USA, 37% for UK, 36% for Spain, and 33% for Japan.

A November 2019 Ipsos survey shows that 94 percent of Chinese believe their country is on the right track.

China is One of the Most Democratic Countries

According to Latana’s Democracy Perception Index 2023**, China is the 6th most democratic nation on earth, well ahead of Germany, Spain, Canada, Italy, UK, USA, France, and Japan.

** The only people who are qualified to judge whether or not a country is democratic are the people being governed in that country. Outsiders have no say. And Westerners are not entitled to define what is and isn’t democracy.

Which Country is Peaceful?

In the last four decades, America has fought wars in Lebanon (1982–1984), Grenada (1983), Libya (1986), Iran (1987–1988), Panama (1989–1990), Iraq (1990–1991), Bosnia (1992–1995), Somalia (1992–1995, 2007-present), Haiti (1994–1995), Yugoslavia (1998–1999), Afghanistan (2001–2021), Yemen (2002-present), Iraq (2003–2011, 2014–2021), Libya (2011), Syria (2014-present), Libya (2015–2019).

China, on the other hand, has fought no wars at all.***

*** Border skirmishes do not constitute war.

China is the World’s Most Technologically Advanced Nation

According to ASPI, China leads the world in 37 out of 44 technological fields:

The Critical Technology Tracker shows that, for some technologies, all of the world’s top 10 leading research institutions are based in China and are collectively generating nine times more high-impact research papers than the second-ranked country (most often the US).

China has Most of the High-Performing Universities

According to the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2023, most of the universities that produce the most scientifically impactful research are Chinese — that’s 16 out of the top 25 universities!

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