Hospital beds per 1000 people or hospital bed density is an indicator for availability of healthcare resources in a country. In China, there are differences in the number of hospital beds in rural and urban areas, and Western counties in China have lower bed density compared to the East and South-eastern parts of the country. By 2009, the number of hospital beds per 1000 people in China was close to the number of average numbers of hospital beds per 1000 people in upper-middle-income countries.

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Rahul Karan Reddy is an international relations analyst with a Masters degree from O.P Jindal Global University in Diplomacy, Law and Business. He is the author of ‘Islands on the Rocks’, a monograph detailing the Senkaku/Diaoyu island dispute between China and Japan. His research focus is China and East Asia. He was a research analyst at the Chennai Center for China Studies (C3S) and an intern at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), writing articles and reports on China’s foreign policy and domestic politics. His blog, Asian Drama, follows the rise of India and China as they navigate the Asian Century. He can be reached on

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