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The most dynamic cities of 2025: Think mostly China

Excerpt from ForeignPolicy

Aug 13, 2012 7:29 am

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Unless some catastrophic event changes the course of history, the future of the world — and indeed travel — will be defined in Chinese.

— Rafat Ali

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Over the next 15 years, the urban world’s center of gravity will move farther south and, even more decisively, east. Which is why we’ve put together this unique index of The Most Dynamic Cities of 2025, some 40 percent of which are in just one country: China. The West will not be quite eclipsed by 2025 — 13 U.S. cities make the list, though only three in Europe — but the sun is indeed setting.

By 2025, 99 new cities are expected to enter the top 600, all from the developing world and overwhelmingly — 72 new cities — from China.

The list is drawn from the McKinsey Global Institute’s exclusive Cityscope database of more than 2,650 cities, and is based largely on national per capita GDP growth rates.

Embedded below, the top 20 growth cities by 2025:

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