Off the Charts

Ever feel you’ve read all there is to read about China’s growth as a world manufacturing power? Well, did you know that China now has almost complete control of the world’s umbrella market?

China exported over $2.4bn of umbrellas, walking-sticks and whips in 2010, over three quarters – and rising – of global export share.

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The wealth of China’s “princelings” is growing, leading to fears that the political elite are profiting while the mass of ordinary Chinese are left behind. Increasingly, doing business in China depends on gaining the approval of a small number of hugely influential figures. FT reporters have run an investigation into the business activities of these people. This fact-packed graphic featured in today’s paper reveals the details of those top politicians and their family members, their business interests and the fortunes they have amassed. You can also access our online interactive version here.

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Leslie Hook has been reporting on a new vein of activism among young people in China, known as the “post-90” generation — born after 1990.

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After a tense wait, the US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the core components of the Affordable Care Act, a victory for the president. Many had expected the fate of the law to lie in the hands of Anthony Kennedy, but it was in fact the Chief Justice John Roberts who made the decisive vote.

This graphic explains how each judge voted and previous landmark judgments that the court has made. Read more

Twenty years on from the 1992 Rio earth summit, more than 100 leaders have convened for the Rio+20 sustainable development conference. The 1992 summit launched a number of landmark treaties, but what has actually been achieved since then?

In our Off the Chart series, we’ll be taking a look at a chart or graphic that accompanies one of our articles in the FT’s newspaper editions. Read more