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$4.6 trillion: The amount of China's domestic investment expenditure in 2014.

28 percent: Chinese infrastructure projects that are genuinely economically productive.

$28.2 trillion: China’s debt pile.

30.6 percent: The average cost increase for infrastructure projects in China.

55 percent: Chinese infrastructure projects that are economically unviable.

280 percent: China’s debt-to-GDP ratio.

Source: Too Much of a Good Thing, by Dr. Atif Ansar, Dr. Bent Flyvbjerg, Dr. Alexander Budzier and Dr. Daniel Lunn

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