Foreign Policy has an article with a number of charts showing the projected status of world cities in 2025. China makes an impressive showing, placing 7 cities in the top 25 based on GDP. Indeed, in the top 600 cities China is adding 100 new cities, while India, sometimes considered China’s Asian competitor, adds just 13. Obviously China has been rising for the past 30 years, but I didn’t really appreciate the magnitude of change. It’s frankly astounding to see some of these charts.
The other side to the rise of China’s cities is that other cities must be displaced. Take a look at this chart and theorize where the action is going to be in the future.
It might be a good time to learn some Chinese.