April 28, 2012 in Economy
Beijing – 26. April 2012 – Fabian Schludi
Götz Lehmann, Prof. Olivier Boulay, Chief Designer of the new DENZA concept car, Fabian Schludi and Assistant to the COO Cui Yubo at the Auto Show in Beijing
BDNT (Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd.) introduced their brand new concept car DENZA on the Auto Show in Beijing this month. Olivier Boulay, Vice President of the Daimler Advanced Design Centre of China, who designed the entirely electrical vehicle, welcomed us personally on his stand and explained in detail why the car is the beginning of a new era. One thing he was very eager to show us, was the sound of twittering birds after starting the engine – definitely setting the right mood for your carbon emission free drive without any engine sound at all!
The serial production of this innovative car is planned to start next year already. On both national and on a city level the Chinese government will subsidize the purchase of an electric vehicle with almost 15.000 EUR. Experts project sales of up to 5.000.000 electric cars until 2020. Only a lack of availability of electric stations for refilling the batteries could obstruct the triumph of electric vehicles like DENZA.
We were fascinated by such an ambitious project: Combining the Chinese expertise of storable electric energy and German know-how on car engineering is going to lead the way for everyone who comes next.
Februar 17, 2012 in Economy
Grace Chen, Shanghai
Known for its highly accurate and reliable statistical data yet delivered in unconventional and entertaining shapes, the economist recently came up with this infograph: a map of China’s provinces that per click change show their international equivalents of countries by GDP total or per person, population and exports.
Did you know that Germany’s population equals Sichuan Province? Or that Tibet’s GDP p.p. matches Congo? That Guangdong Province’s export sum alone is as much to the whole of South Korea’s? Click the index on top for switching beetween GDP, GDP p.p., Population and Export.
Chinese Equivalents Infographic by The Economist
Februar 17, 2012 in China in Numbers, Economy
Peter Wolkowicz, Shanghai
… number of emperors assassinated.
Total number of Chinese emperors: 339
Thus, making it an assassination rate of 15,9%.
Number of Emperors committing suicide (incl. self-immolation and hanging): 5
Guangxu Emperor (fourth from left) with his officials and European officers shortly after the Boxer Rebellion.
The Guangxu Emperor, the second to last emperor of Qing dynasty died in 1908. Only 100 hundred years later, forensic tests revealed arsenic poisoning and proved widely spread theories of historians that he was assassinated. The question remains on whose command the poisoning happened: suspects include the Empress Dowager Cixi. Dying only one day later, her motive might have been preventing the Guangxu Emperor and his plans for modernization from reversing her conversative policies that eventually led to the fall of the Qing dynasty.
Februar 13, 2012 in Economy, Travel
Peter Wolkowicz, Shanghai via MINISTRY OF TOUFU
graphic: http://www.ministryoftofu.com/ – original graphic: http://news.163.com
Februar 1, 2012 in Culture, Economy, History
Peter Wolkowicz, Shanghai
Economist Martin Jacques shares some facts on China in order to break with some common false assumptions and misapprehension on modern China and its rise.
Great in-a-nutshell introduction quite a bit different from popular “Rise of China” bestsellers or monotone articles we find in western media and its enforced conformity.