This is exactly what I'm talking about, the realities of economics in China as experienced by actual Chinese citizens. I tell you people are being taxed years in advance, and you say "So what?" Yeah, you really understand and care about what's happening in China. Hell, you'd fit right into the Chengguan, which you probably don't even know anything about without looking it up.
contain movie production costs. Do you even know what GDP is? What makes you think making a movie and selling it is ultimately any different from making a John Deere tractor and selling it? It's the economy, stupid. Even if US GDP is fudged slightly (which could be said of practically any economic metric), the PRC's is drastic. At least 5%, and when you're talking about the second largest economy on Earth, that's hundreds of billions of dollars.
What point is there on zooming in on x or y industry? Sure there are growth sectors in any country, but we're talking about aggregates. I mentioned that the growth in usage of electricity in China doesn't match GDP because, most economists agree, electricity is one of those things that goes up in demand commensurate to the growth in all other sectors, because basically everything needs energy to run. As for specific economists, I'm not paid to be your research bitch. I've spent a lot of years following news and events in China, and if you really want to learn something do your own reading
. The first several articles all deal with this issue.