Why China?

China has been playing an increasing role on the global stage, as a leader in production, then economic growth, and now as the seemingly stable political actor amidst unexpected results of the implementation of democratic processes. Averaging almost 12% annual growth for the thirty years from 1982 to 2012 and slowing to around 6.5%-7%, that still almost four times this weeks projected GDP growth figures for the US, according to the Federal Reserve.

China’s urban landscape and in some instances, rural landscape has transformed dramatically in terms of construction, income growth, migration, internationalisation and local expansion of travel and education. Concurrently, the Communist party of China has managed to remain in power to challenge even the Soviet Union in terms of length of reign, having properly established themselves as the vanguard power in China in 1949.