Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

Gideon Rachman

About a month ago, I blogged about the fact that China is now the world’s largest manufacturer. As I pointed out at the time, China seems to be becoming the world’s leading something-or-other, every month. Other recent milestones have been: world’s largest vehicle market and world’s largest emitter of carbon-dioxide. Today, the FT has run another story in this genre. Apparently China is now the world’s largest consumer of energy. This is quite a statistic, since just ten years ago, China was consuming just half the amount of energy used in the United States.

The best take on the generic “China is now the world’s largest….” story has been brought to my attention by Geoff Dyer, the FT’s Beijing correspondent. It is a story from the satirical magazine, The Onion, headlined “China to Overtake US as World’s Biggest Asshole by 2020.” I’m afraid this seems entirely plausible. 

Gideon Rachman FT column: Britain’s nuclear choice can be cheap and scary

My latest column is on UK’s nuclear weapon system

Specialists in nuclear deterrence occupy a world that requires the coldly rational contemplation of completely insane courses of action. Under normal circumstances, this is a world that non-specialists can ignore. But, every now and then, nuclear deterrence becomes a subject of wide public concern. Now is just such a time in Britain.