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Christopher Green

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Do you think China will be the next Superpower? Really?

My study of history leads me to believe that the "China as a Superpower" talk is a bit too exaggerated. I find a few discrepancies which I believe will block China from achieving such a feat. there are as follows:

1. Geography - China has always been isolated due to the fact there landscape ... well it sucks. Siberia in the north, down south you have the Himalayas and jungle regions, no really great trade routes but one and most of the population is in the east and on the coastal regions.

2. A small problem with the economics called NPL (Non Performing Loans)

3. No Navy, which is important strategically if you're going to be a Superpower you must be War ready!

4. Produce household brands that sell on a world market.

5. Produce POP CULTURE (believe it or not) that can sell on a world market.

6. Allow more freedoms for it's people

I love China's growth and hope to visit one day but superpower... NOT!

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  • Apr 24 2011: China already is a "superpower" if there are any left. I mean they own half of America(exaggerated), spend more on military, and there economic growth is substantial. China is the world leader they just don't bully smaller countries to flaunt it. They never did do that, that's actually why they lost world supremacy after the Ming dynasty.
    • Apr 28 2011: China's economic growth is substantial because they are in a phase of catching up with more developed countries. Articles in Economists predict their growth will substantially slow down in a decade after they catch up. It is much harder to grow economy when all the efficient processes and technologies were implemented.
    • Apr 30 2011: I don't particularly want to take sides in this discussion however you seem to be suggesting the PRC spends more money on their military than the US, when in fact the US spent slightly over 6 times as much on their military in 2010

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