According to the Freedom House's report "Freedom in the world 2012", 35.2% (or 2.45 billion) of people in the world are NOT free in terms of political and civil rights. Diagonal of unfree countries on the world map goes from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba in Latin and Central America, through Central Africa and Middle East to Asian countries including China.
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Official statistics for any country reflect registered, transparent economic transactions, by default failing to capture the full breadth of economic activity that can emanate from the "shadow economy." The so called shadow economy is any economic activity that is deliberately concealed from public authorities to avoid payment of income, value added or other taxes; to avoid payment of social security contributions; having to meet certain legal labour market standards, such as minimum wages, maximum working hours, safety standards, etc; and complying with certain administrative procedures, such as completing statistical questionnaires or...
Since 2006 China has become the world's largest holder of foreign exchange reserves (including gold). By the end of 2011 Chinese foreign exchange reserves increased to 3.2 trillion US$ and accounted for almost one third of foreign exchange reserves accumulated in the world. The amount of accumulated reserves allows China to pay for its imports during almost 2 years, without selling goods abroad.