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Non-resident ethnic Chinese represent 4 per cent (55m) of China’s population. Their GNP of $450 billion is higher than China’s. [World Link, June 1997]

The number of aircraft carriers owned by China is-zero. [Prospect July 1997, Owen Harries, page 30]

The number of births by caesarean section in the US is around one third. In Britain it is about 17 per cent and rising. [BBC Radio 5 Live]

Fourteen per cent of black men in the US are currently or permanently barred from voting because of conviction for a felony. [Herald Tribune, 31st January 1997]

Teenage discretionary spending in…

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