China / US
Total Area: 9.59 million sq km / 9.63 million sq km
Population: 1.3billion / 298 million
Life Expectency: 72.5 yrs/ 77.85 yrs
Literacy: 90.9% / 99%
Public debt: 28.8% / 64.7%
Oil consumption: 6.4 million bbl per day / 20.03 million bbl per day
# cell phones: 335 mil / 194 mil
Great Walls: 1 / 0
Military Expenditures: $81.5 bil / $518.1 billion
I think I’m just as shocked by some of those US numbers as I am with the Chinese stats!
First, I had no idea that china was almost the exact same size (area wise) as the US. I also had no idea that the US literacy rate was so high. Three cheers for education.
The oil consumption statistics are disgusting. As is the fact that China has totally one upped us on “great walls.” Let’s get our act together America!! If the democrats want a surefire way to the presidency in 2008, they should probably start campaigning right now for the construction of The American Greater Wall… nay… Greatest Wall.