Thursday, November 18, 2010

[Videos] ABC News on China Part 2

Some more videos on China from ABC News special reports this week - from Tuesday's show.

China's education system
  • Compared with U.S. students, Chinese students spend at least 41 more days a year in the classroom.  They average 30 percent more hours of instruction every year than American students do.
  •  A new study by the Institute of International Education found that nearly 128,000 Chinese students studied in America last year, a 30 percent increase over the previous academic year.
  • Chinese students now comprise the highest percentage of international students in the United States at 19 percent. 
  • Landman from the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations said that what's different now about Chinese students studying abroad is that many want to go back to China after a few years. "They feel they have more of a future there. "

Video - 4 minutes

Despite the booming economy, many college grads cannot find jobs - they are called the 'ant tribe' (1 minute)

China is lurching into the green movement, as much out of necessity as anything else.
  • In the race to be the world's leader in green technology, China is speeding ahead of its global competition.    owhere is that more apparent than in the cockpit of one of China's high-speed bullet trains, where you can see trains screaming toward you at speeds up to 230 miles per hour. Next year, the Chinese plan to test a train that could top 300 miles per hour.  On top of the speed, the Chinese say their rail technology is better for the environment
  • The trains are just one example of China's green wave... China spends a staggering $12 million every hour on green energy.  
  • The landscape is lined with the largest number of wind-powered turbines in the world. In rural farming towns, solar-powered street lights are evidence that the green infrastructure reaches far from the big cities. 
  • Even the escalators are different. Instead of moving non-stop all day long, they remain frozen until they sense that a passenger is about to get on. Then, they use just enough energy to carry the passenger before automatically shutting off again. 
  • There's a reason for this focus on green technology, but it's not global warming. For China, it's all about the math.  "China does not have a choice," said Cheng Li, director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations at the Brookings Institution. "As a country, it's dealing with serious resources scarcity. China needs to find a better way to survive."

Video - 4 minutes

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