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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

Asiaweek Time Asia Now Asiaweek story

July 28, 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 29

The Bottom Line
Ranked by Inflation CPI

Country Exports GDP Growth GDP (PPP) GNP (nom.) Population (m) Pop. growth Inflation Current Account Reserves Savings /GDP People /phone Life expect. People /doctor Infant mortality
U.S. $711b. 5.5% $33,872 $33,799 274.6 1.0% 3.1% -$367.2b. $60.5b. 17% 1.3 77 387 7
Germany $541b. 3.3% $22,140 $25,488 82.6 0.3% 1.4% -$21.1b. $61.7b. 23% 1.8 76 286 5
Japan $428b. 0.7% $23,480 $34,715 126.8 0.3% -0.8% $117.1b. $304.4b. 30% 1.5 80 522 4
France $292b. 3.3% $23,030 $24,018 59.3 0.5% 1.5% $36.7b. $38.5b. 21% 1.5 78 320 5
Britain $267b. 3.0% $20,890 $24,770 59.1 0.3% 3.0% -$20.7b. $30.1b. 15% 1.9 77 581 6
Canada $243b. 4.9% $24,870 $20,242 30.6 0.9% 2.4% $2.2b. $29.9b. 21% 1.3 79 446 6
Italy $232b. 3.0% $20,840 $20,115 57.8 0.1% 2.7% $5.3b. $25.5b. 22% 1.9 78 195 6
China $219b. 8.1% $3,275 $783 1,275.0 1.0% 0.1% $12.0b. $156.6b. 39% 14.4 71 1,034 31
Hong Kong $182b. 14.3% $21,830 $23,597 7.0 2.3% -4.5% $9.2b. $96.3b. 30% 1.5 79 772 4
South Korea $158b. 12.8% $12,445 $8,581 47.1 0.9% 2.2% $18.2b. $86.8b. 34% 2.1 72 855 8
Mexico $150b. 7.9% $8,420 $4,838 98.2 1.9% 9.4% -$14.8b. $31.9b. 26% 7.6 74 578 26
Taiwan $130b. 7.9% $17,495 $13,248 22.1 0.8% 1.4% $4.2b. $113.1b. 26% 1.9 75 807 4
Singapore $115b. 9.1% $27,740 $22,710 3.9 0.7% 0.5% $21.5b. $75.2b. 50% 2.0 78 667 3
Switzerland $93.9b. 3.4% $26,420 $37,145 7.2 0.6% 1.9% $29.2b. $30.1b. 27% 1.1 79 585 5
Russia $82.5b. 7.3% $4,310 $1,235 147.2 -0.1% 19.4% $25.0b. $13.4b. 25% 5.1 68 220 17
Malaysia $79.2b. 11.7% $7,370 $3,248 23.0 2.4% 1.3% $12.5b. $33.4b. 47% 5.0 72 1,477 8
Thailand $61.7b. 5.2% $6,020 $1,949 62.6 1.5% 1.7% $11.9b. $31.1b. 33% 12.1 69 4,361 26
Australia $56.1b. 4.3% $20,770 $20,142 19.1 1.2% 2.8% -$22.4b. $12.7b. 21% 1.5 78 400 5
Indonesia $55.4b. 3.2% $2,940 $617 209.4 1.6% 2.1% $4.7b. $26.3b. 26% 37.0 65 6,786 47
Brazil $51.2b. 3.1% $6,400 $4,710 165.9 1.9% 6.5% -$23.8b. $28.7b. 18% 8.3 68 847 34
Saudi Arabia $39.8b. -2.3% $10,265 $6,410 20.9 2.8% -0.6% -$12.9b. $16.5b. 30% 7.0 70 698 21
India $37.5b. 5.8% $1,760 $436 1,000.0 1.9% 5.5% -$3.8b. $34.4b. 22% 45.5 62 2,165 71
Philippines $36.3b. 3.4% $3,380 $1,046 75.8 2.3% 3.9% $7.1b. $14.1b. 15% 27.0 68 1,016 35
South Africa $29.2b. 2.5% $7,660 $2,979 43.5 2.2% 5.1% -$0.8b. $6.4b. 17% 6.9 65 1,750 48
Turkey $28.3b. 5.6% $6,655 $2,820 65.5 2.1% 62.7% -$0.4b. $22.7b. 18% 4.0 68 955 62
Iran $13.0b. 2.6% $5,545 $2,500 68.5 3.4% 19.3% -$1.9b. $5.0b. 30% 8.9 70 3,140 32
New Zealand $12.9b. 5.5% $17,025 $13,020 3.8 1.0% 1.5% -$4.5b. $4.5b. 23% 1.4 77 321 7
Vietnam $10.0b. 4.0% $1,755 $320 80.3 2.3% -1.2% $0.7b. $2.1b. 25% 38.8 68 2,298 29
Nigeria $9.0b. 2.3% $930 $340 110.6 2.9% 9.7% -$4.2b. $4.1b. 24% 257.8 53 5,882 77
Pakistan $8.3b. 5.3% $1,570 $492 138.6 2.6% 3.0% -$1.8b. $1.5b. 15% 49.0 63 2,000 88
Egypt $5.7b. 5.3% $3,075 $1,390 65.5 2.2% 3.0% -$2.6b. $14.0b. 12% 16.6 65 1,316 40
Bangladesh $5.3b. 4.4% $1,040 $299 130.0 2.2% 4.0% -$0.4b. $1.6b. 19% 336.5 60 4,650 75
Sri Lanka $4.7b. 4.2% $2,625 $827 19.1 1.2% 6.8% -$0.3b. $1.6b. 19% 35.2 73 3,935 14
Brunei $2.3b. 2.5% $20,100 $20,400 0.3 3.2% 1.0% $0.8b. $20.0b. 35% 3.8 76 1,133 8
Macau $2.2b. -2.9% $17,500 $14,145 0.4 2.0% -2.1% $2.3b. $2.3b. 28% 1.7 76 495 6
Kenya $2.0b. 1.8% $1,135 $325 32.2 3.4% 5.1% -$0.4b. $0.7b. 13% 62.7 59 9,851 50
P. N. Guinea $1.9b. 3.9% $2,700 $1,005 4.4 2.3% 18.2% -$0.03b. $0.2b. 29% 49.0 57 12,500 53
Myanmar $1.2b. 4.5% $1,200 $765 48.9 2.1% 11.5% -$0.4b. $0.3b. 12% 194.1 60 12,500 79
Cambodia $0.8b. 4.0% $1,240 $270 11.0 2.5% -0.3% -$0.2b. $0.5b. 4% 435.0 53 9,523 103
Fiji $0.5b. 7.8% $3,580 $2,219 0.8 1.5% -1.0% -$0.05b. $0.4b. 8% 8.9 73 2,080 20
Mongolia $0.5b. 3.5% $1,520 $396 2.5 1.7% 4.4% -$0.1b. $0.1b. 19% 26.1 65 364 52
Nepal $0.5b. 3.3% $1,100 $225 23.4 2.3% 1.8% -$0.1b. $0.8b. 11% 112.9 57 12,612 81
Laos $0.4b. 4.0% $1,325 $258 5.4 2.9% 86.7% -$0.2b. $0.1b. 12% 181.5 53 4,381 91
Afghanistan $0.2b. 6.0% $720 $150 21.9 1.9% 14.0% -$0.1b. $0.2b. 10% 390.0 46 7,358 164
Bhutan $0.1b. 6.0% $1,570 $450 0.8 2.3% 9.2% -$0.1b. $0.3b. 38% 96.9 61 4,255 122
Maldives $0.1b. 6.8% $3,395 $1,167 0.3 3.0% 3.3% -$0.02b. $0.1b. 11% 13.8 67 5,330 55
These figures are the latest available from national and multilateral sources (telephone data from Intl. Telecom. Union). These statistics will appear only occasionally: GDP (PPP), savings, foreign debt, literacy rate, urban population, people per doctor, infant mortality, people per TV and calorie intake. Gross domestic product (GDP) is the value of all goods and services produced in one year. Purchasing Power Parity (PPP, based on World Bank ratios) takes into account price differences between countries, for a more accurate measure of national wealth. Gross National Product (GNP) is GDP plus payments from abroad from investments and labor, minus similar payments to foreigners.



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