For rural Chinese, electricity is the key to a modern middle-class lifestyle. Currently, much of China outside the urban areas does not have a dependable supply of electricity.
However, China is currently working to deliver that dream to the 800 million have-nots in rural China. According to The Economist, by 2012, China should produce more power annually than America, the current world leader.
I have read about the wide gap in living standards between rural and urban areas of China. The main reason for that is the lack of electricity and a fast, efficient means of transportation to get around in a country with more rugged terrain than the United States.
To improve transportation in China, a grid of electrical powered high-speed rail will soon crisscross China. China Railways operates a network of some 86,000 kilometers, which is intended to increase to 110,000 in 2012 and a massive 120,000 by 2020.
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