People x Technology: This sums up the underlying forces set to reshape China and the world. At its core, China has an increasingly affluent society – potentially the world's largest middle-class population – that is highly adaptive to new technology. Adding to this are rising global technological ambitions, particularly in artificial intelligence, that envisage a scenario of China as a formidable technology center. The immensity of change and opportunity becomes more visible the deeper we explore.
Sources: 1 UN World Urbanization Prospects 2018; 2 Source: Economist Intelligence Unit 2018 estimates; 3 US Census Bureau, as of 1 July 2018; 4 Economist Intelligence Unit estimates; 5 Economist Intelligence Unit forecast as of 9 August 2019; 6 Boston Consulting Group x Tencent China Luxury Digital Playbook June 2019; 7 McKinsey "How the global supply landscape for meat protein will evolve," October 2018; 8 McKinsey, “The market for China autonomous vehicles,” January 2019; 9 IDC, as quoted in IDC, as quoted in China Daily 20 December 2018; http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201812/20/WS5c1b3de2a3107d4c3a001eab.html;10 2018 Hurun Greater China Unicorn Index; 11 Ernst & Young, “China is poised to win the 5G race,” 2018.
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