There is an applied mathematics competition for college and high school students called the
Mathematical Contest in Modeling, and it is dominated by Chinese schools.
This is the kind of mathematics that politicians need to be aware of for solving practical problems, and
every politician should have applied mathematicians on staff.
Gringrich pointed out that Chinese politicians tend to be engineers whereas American politicians tend to be
The plot below shows how China dominates world mining. This is a reflection of their respect for applied mathematics in politics.
Analysis of world mining: [jaymaron.com]