For decades now, China has been the leading driver of global growth, consuming unfathomable amounts of raw materials and commodities.
Today, the Asian giant is undergoing dramatic changes, as its government deepens reforms and opens the country’s economy up to foreign investment. The size of its middle class is rapidly expanding in size, giving a huge boost to domestic consumption. And with the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the renminbi’s inclusion in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) reserve currency, China’s role in global financial markets is growing in importance.
No one can deny that challenges lie ahead, but opportunities are still abundant.
With this in mind, I’ve put together 10 figures to know as China enters a new year.