This is a long race.
Scary Statistic: China’s Debt to GDP Ratio Reached 257 Percent in 2017
“China’s population is growing old at a faster rate than almost all other countries….”
B-b-b-but America’s population is aging!
Read the chart and tell me which continent is fucked.
“In particular, the U.S. population is projected to grow faster and age slower than the populations of its major economic partners in Europe and Asia. “
Now, who has the least young people? Read the chart.
Now read this one.
“Countries in Asia and the Middle East are also turning gray rapidly. The median age should increase by 16 years in South Korea, from 38 in 2010 to 53 in 2050.24 Double-digit increases are also expected in India, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and Turkey. The median age in China, Iran and Turkey is younger than the U.S. at the moment but should become older by 2050.”
“Japan currently has the oldest population in the world, and the median age there is projected to increase from 45 in 2010 to 53 in 2050. South Korea is expected to catch up to Japan by 2050 as its median age also increases to 53 by mid-century. By then, the median age in Germany (51), Italy (50) and Spain (50) will not be far behind. China’s population, with a median age of 46 in 2050, is expected to be older than those in Russia, France and Britain by that date.”
Consider these percentages in light of total population (millions or billions).
It isn’t a question of IF the Chinese start eating each other (again), but when.
Double dependency in two generations.
Which continent, total populations considered, is the most fucked?
Oh but it might peak by 2070?
I don’t think they can wait that long. They aren’t sustainable now.
What does Bloomberg know?
[Then premier] Liu Shaoqi is reported to have said this to [then supreme leader] Mao Zedong: “When people start eating each other, it’ll be my name and yours that are written down.” We don’t know what discussion this referred to, nor what came after this remark…. At the time, I thought to myself at the time: “Cannibalism. Well that’s huge. And it has even come to the knowledge of Mao Zedong.” But I still had no basis [to believe it was true]. The [ruling Chinese] Communist Party is a very secretive organization.
But the head of the Anhui police department … wrote a report [during the 2000s] in which he said that [there had been] 1,289 cases of cannibalism reported in the province in 1960. That’s 1,289 cases. These were considered “special cases.” That’s the name they gave to cases of cannibalism.
Recently, I have received another article. It’s an official document that was sent for forwarding to an office in Gansu province. It’s a report written by an investigative team that was sent to the province…. It documents nearly 50 cases. Here it shows you the time, and the rural work unit the people belonged to, and the names of those involved, and who it was that they ate, and how they ate them.
Here’s one: “Ma Waiyou, of Maiji commune, Xinmin village. Status: common peasant. He ate Chen Zaxi. Relationship: spouse. He ate his own wife. He dug up her body and cooked it.”
A cruel race.
Here’s another: “Yang Wenyi and Yuan Shuying of Houxiyan village together with … eight people in total, dug up the body of a child, cooked and ate it.”
Here’s another, at the Xihe commune. A person called Liu Chuan. “They killed him and ate him….”
This is a secret report carried out by the Chinese Communist Party itself…. Mao Zedong knew about this…. Many more reports will come out like this, when those files are finally opened. This was an era of cannibalism.
Q: So there are official accounts?
A: There’s one … about a labor camp in Gansu … where there were more than 3,000 “rightists.” Now some prisoners in labor camp get special privileges. They might get extra grain, or they might be allowed visits from their relatives, things like that. This is in return for special jobs they do. There are three people here, named. Wei Changhai. Rightist. His job? To sell dead bodies.
When I was in labor camp, there was a guy like that. He drove the truck out every day to sell dead bodies. Sometimes I went with him. They all had enough grain to eat, those guys. He looked pretty healthy…. They were so strong, not like us who looked like we might keel over any minute. We asked our brigade leader why this was, and he said, “I’ll show you something.” He took us to the graveyard, which was a huge area of wasteland where they would dig pits, throw in the bodies, and then cover them up again.
It was a ghastly chaos. One would have an arm broken, another a leg missing, one would be naked. He dug one up and said “Look!” The body’s clothing was ripped open and their chest had been cut open too. There was no flesh on the body’s bones. It was skin on a frame of bone. You couldn’t eat the flesh on those bodies because there was nothing on them. But when we looked inside, we saw that the heart, liver, and lungs were gone.
Communism. Greed is a deadly sin.