30 September, 2020

Feast Under The Shanghai Moon

China is the next destination for India Inc. First-world infrastructure, a booming market and a growing talent pool is drawing them.

Feast Under The Shanghai Moon
'Size' and 'Scale'. Invariably, the first-time visitor to China will instinctively find it easier to describe China in these two words. Picture this—a 25,000-km network of eight-lane highways where the traffic suggests it could have done with just four-lane ones. The Shanghai skyline is dotted with over 30,000 (yes, that's right) high-rises. On the roads, it seems the world has forgotten to tell the Chinese about the existence of small and compact cars. The rare small car that you find in Shanghai is a Volkswagen Polo, roughly the size of Fiat Palio.

To put it in perspective, India is converting some of its four-lane highway stretches—a mere 12 per cent of the 65,569 km of national highways—into six-lane ones, Mumbai has 610 high-rise buildings with another 148 under construction, and small cars like 800, Zen and Santro comprise 70 per cent of the country's auto market.

China's overt obsession and inherent advantages relating to size and scale are also visible at a micro level. The Middle Kingdom houses some of the world's...


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