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Revenge Strategy, wasting the power of your hate on the guiltless (XLV): US-China Trade War, who is who on the boxing ring? (part II)

As promised, let me continue with the strategic comparison analysis between China and the United States of America. On our last post, we shared simply the geographic main variables. Today it is the opening for the rest of the main critical contexts. To perform a comparison strategic analysis between two nations requires a 360-degree vision. As much as I explained to you how to do an entrepreneurial contextual analysis, all the variables or contexts must be included. The quality of data is remarkable superior. I have tried to choose and review each of these sources over the weekend. Courageously we have bypassed mistakes, but if I have produced one, please let me know to correct it properly.

Once we find reliable data; usually, the majority of us, when establishing a comparative overview,  we quickly set out our brains to compare the geographic-demographic, economics, and monetary factors. We are used to reasoning in terms of “money”. And this happens automatically. As much as we diagnose the economic status of someone based on the look and accessories she or he holds; the same happens with countries, we always tend to observe the financial position of the state. Maybe if we are a bit conscious, we also look at the degree of smartness or we look at the education levels too, but we do not tend to go beyond those general variables. Don´t we?

This time I wish to show you how do integral conscious strategists manage the comparative analysis between societies. It is not about production, consumption, GDP or debt. It is about to answer how do the people from each nation live? How do they manage to realize their quotidian activities in that nation which are in order of importance the following:

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“Violin Maya”. An aquarelle exercise by Eleonora Escalante 2019. Montval 300GSM watercolor paper. Size: 48 cm x 38 cm. The Mayan Mantel was handmade by Guatemalan Women Artisans.  The violin represents music to our ears, and the artisan fabric humanizes and protects the music of this blog.

  1. Breath
  2. Eat Nutritious  Food and Hydrate with Healthy Water
  3. Praise God
  4. Cure Sicknesses
  5. Protect under a decent Shelter
  6. Cohabit with their nuclear or closed family
  7. Transport-Move
  8. Educate
  9. Work
  10. Communicate
  11. Recreate
  12. Socialize with others
  13. Reproduce
  14. Interact politics-civil in a secure or safe society that respects human rights
  15. Others (according to  your own view)

Once we understand that each human being has the right to do all the latter activities with the optimum level of dignity and respectability; then our mental frameworks to compare nations, shift completely. The mental framework shifts from the usual basics statistics of geography-economics, to the people-centered statistics. And that is how it should be from now and then.

Of course it is crucial for the economy to manage the micro and macroeconomic indicators, but if we don´t put those economic indicators at the service for the humans who have been born in a specific country, those indicators are simply not going to help us to promote the happiness, the well being and the integral life to all of us in the planet.

With the last mentioned explanation, that is why I have left out of this comparative analysis between China and the USA, three of the most popular set of scrutiny variables (economics, trade and financial), and for the time being, we will proceed without those benchmarks. Of course in a few days, I will provide them when we will germinate with the 4th outline topic of the US-China Trade War: Why did China and the USA “seem” to be playing to hurt each other through a revenge commercial strategy?. The economic, trade and financial comparison will be developed around the 16th of December.

Let´s start to observe the following slides per context. Please, I encourage you to download the PDF set and print it. Then with your slides in your hand, you will understand each of my observations. The strategic analysis for each of the variables is on your table. You are more than ready to share your opinions with me, do not hesitate to exercise your analysis capabilities, write me your opinions per each slide,  and I will get back to you with feedback as soon as I can.

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To download the slides please click here: Eliescalante Revenge Strategy China-USA Trade War- whois who part2

Observations to each of the variables of comparison provided:

Demographics: Basically the US and China are living in kind of the same extension of the land. Both nations show a similar rate of births per year, but it is clear for all of us that China is more crowded than America, with a multiple of 4.3X each US inhabitant.

Sustainable Development:  The Sustainable development goals Report shows us a very interesting benchmark, basically, the USA and China are relatively overall at the same level for this year. USA (ranks 35) and China (ranks 39). The goals of No poverty, good health-wellbeing, education, decent work-economic growth are quite similar for both countries; but there are dissimilarities of relevant magnitude in other goals, such as industry innovation and infrastructure, gender equality, clean water-sanitation, responsible production-consumption, life below water; and peace-justice-strong institutions. The SDG report is extremely important for all the business entrepreneurs and founders because we must comply with each of these 17 goals ( the ones which apply) into our endeavors too.

Health: I utilized the indicators from the CIA-World Factbook for simplicity reasons. The SDG includes health factors and sanitation too. In relation to the health services, it seems to me that the USA will have to implement a public health investment in hospital-bed infrastructure for the majority; meanwhile, China will need to disperse and invest more in doctors or physicians to increase the rate of M.D. practitioners density. In addition, the sicknesses that China has are distinct from US diseases. Also, the USA continues to have problems with adult obesity, which is also a source of other diseases.

Human Rights: I included different sources of knowledge, which altogether represent the complete 360 vision of human rights. I encourage you to read each of them carefully, not just the indicators provided, but the links of each of them. All the institutions show the limitations of China in relation to this theme. Xi Jinping’s communist legacy from his ancestors is still outstanding. Xi and his successors have a lot of work to do to ameliorate the human rights state of affairs. All the cited sources, show China deficiency and poor or inadequate human rights current status. China has a long way to improve in these matters, it is the common denominator exhibited by all the following entities:

  • World Press Freedom Index
  • Fariss Human Rights Index
  • Freedom House
  • Global Slavery
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Cato Institute
  • Fund for Peace – Fragile States Index

Environmental: The Environmental Performance Index prepared by Yale University is clearly explanatory. China is in position 120, meanwhile, the ranking for the US is 27. Each sub-variable of the environmental health and ecosystem vitality shows a particular scenario for each country. Remarkable importance is to consider that the quality of air in China is a big issue (I assume it is very contaminated, particularly for the highest population cities).

Happiness: I show you three different index by three different entities. The first one is from the World Happiness Report, the second one is by the New Economics Foundation, called Happy Planet Index and the third one from RuthVeerhoven, the World Database of Happiness. Two of these entities indicate that US people are happier than China.

Digital Society: The Oxford Economics and Dentsu Aegis Network Survey 2018 is an interesting proposal on how to start measuring the digital factor for social development, job creation beyond communication engagements.

Information Technology: The ITU statistics and pricing are self-explanatory.

Internet: I have included two index efforts, the first one from the Economist Intelligence Unit and the second  one from an organization called the World Wide Web Foundation.

Doing Business World Bank: This is a crucial index for anyone who wishes to understand the degree of ease or difficulty when establishing a company from scratch.

Multidimensional Poverty: I have tried to show you how each country has a different measure of extreme poverty, with its correspondent dimensions and sub-variables. I can´t compare both nations with two different measures, but at least it is self-descriptive.

 Education: I have not bestowed you the comparison of education indicators between China and the USA because I wish to show you a publication of this factor separately.

This is it for the week. In our next publication, we will proceed to answer the third question of our outline: what is the love affair between the USA and China since 1979? Thank you.


Sources of Reference to prepare this publication: 

Human Rights

POVERTY multidimensional



Demographics, Health, Education

Doing Business

Information Technology and Digital Society

Sustainable Development Goals


Disclaimer: Illustrations in Watercolor are painted by Eleonora Escalante. Other types of illustrations or videos (which are not mine) are used for educational purposes ONLY.  Nevertheless, the majority of the pictures, images or videos shown on this blog are not mine.  I do not own any of the lovely photos or images posted unless otherwise stated.

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