Emerging Markets Archive:

China has been heavily investing in Africa the past few years.

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From The Economist:

OUTSIDE China, people tend to assume that the country’s impressive economic growth is due to exports. As the chart below, drawn from our special report on China’s economy, shows, this notion has always been exaggerated and is now plain false. China grows thanks to high levels of investment—far higher than those seen in previous Asian miracles such as South Korea and Japan. The corollary of this is low levels of private consumption. Some argue that this must lead to imbalances that one day will send China’s economy off a cliff. We disagree.

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I usually don’t post these info-posters, but this one does contain a lot of interesting information. (via)

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A nice interactive analysis of Chinese investment. Click on the sector symbols below the colored bar graph to filter the data.

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Cheap money and slow growth in the advanced countries has led to large capital flows to emerging market countries, as this interactive tool from the WSJ shows. If you mouse over each country you can view countries’ policy responses. I really like these map/graph combo designs – the two go very well together.

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Projections of when China’s GDP will be bigger than the USA’s, based on several different growth rates. There’s also an interactive version.

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The FT created an interactive bar chart of the IMF’s COFER data on foreign currency holdings.  Watching the growth since 2006 is particularly stunning. Design wise, the dynamic resorting of the countries is an interesting variation.

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Posted at the same time was a map of China’s imports with details clickable by country. This is all part of the FT’s in depth “China Shapes the World” feature.

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Note: some Financial Times features require a subscription.

Graph a wide range of World Development Indicators, gapminder-style, using the World Bank’s Data Visualizer. There is also a trade-related version.

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Another look at the debt crisis:

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Several interactive graphics related to the FT’s June 2010 “in depth” analysis of Africa.

Development (1980-2008):
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Government:
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Natural Resources:
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A multi-part interactive article from the WSJ:

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Interactive map 2005-09, by sector. (via)

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Based on Heritage Foundation’s work:
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