Some perspective on China VP Xi Jinping’s return visit to Iowa
Twenty-seven years ago a mid-level party official from Hebei province visited the small Iowa town of Muscatine. In the U.S. it was all about leg warmers, big hair and Madonna. In China, fashion meant a well-tailored Mao suit. This young party official slept over in a typical American family home with typical Star Wars decorations in the guest bedroom/kid’s room. This official is now returning to Muscatine as Vice President of China. Xi Jinping come a long way and so has China. I thought it would be fun to compare China’s Hebei Province now to Iowa’s economy and population.
Iowa: 3 million
Hebei: 70 million (Iran’s population is 69 million)
Des Moines: 203,000
Shijazhuang, Hebei’s largest city: 10.2 million
Hebei province: $380 billion
Iowa: $127 billion
GDP Per Capita
One other thing to consider: China’s economy is now roughly 14 times larger than it was when Xi first bunked down next to Jabba the Hut.