China’s Place in the World….

Time Mag  june 17 2013Three years ago, Liu wrote a best-selling book called China Dream: Great Power Thinking and Strategic Positioning of China in the Post-American Age. In his hawkish tome, Liu explained that China needed a strong, martial leader and offered advice for his resurgent nation: “When China is threatened, it has no choice but to use war to protect its right to rise, to break through America’s military containment.”…..

A nation that half a century ago counted Albania as one of its few trading partners is now the world’s second largest economy–and could eclipse the U.S. as the biggest within five years. The Chinese Communist Party has engineered the fastest and greatest expansion of wealth that any country has ever experienced, lifting 300 million people out of absolute poverty.

China’s trove of superlatives carries global weight: the country’s 83 million overseas travelers are the world’s biggest spenders; its banks hold the most foreign-exchange reserves; its factories, power plants and vehicles produce the most greenhouse gases; its consumers rank as the No. 1 buyer of luxury goods. China may well become the world’s largest consumer market by 2015. Already it is the largest exporter on the planet and one of the top five sellers of weapons. How China sees the world matters because Chinese aspirations, tastes and fears will shape the lives of billions of people across the globe. Indeed, after a couple of centuries of lying dormant, China–and its worldview–may once again dictate the narrative of our age. ….

Source:¬†China’s Place in the World – TIME.

Let’s face it, whether we like it or not China is on the cusp of being a world leader. Will they replace the U.S. in that mode or move along side us? Given our current totally dysfunctional government that question if very much up for grabs. As an economic powerhouse there is not much doubt that China will overtake the U.S. in the very near future. When that happens will they so willingly buy up all our IOUs that fund our current U.S. lifestyles?

As this article clearly shows China has a different view of the world than we do. In some ways maybe a more realistic view. ¬†China and India totally dwarf our population. As living breathing bodies we are just a smudge compared to them. ¬†By shear numbers China will overtake us in less than two years in being the world’s biggest consumer market. That rapid rise is pretty scary to those of us who follow these sort of things.

Since their basic culture and form of government are so different from ours, I wonder what kind of conflicts will result when they have more say on the world/economic stage?  Will the bravado of many in this country cause a rift in the relations of the two countries that might not be easily healed. Will our form of government, which is in total disarray right now, have the strength to even affect anything in this area?

6 thoughts on “China’s Place in the World….

  1. When we traveled in China a tape player was stolen on a train. They stopped the train, in the middle of nowhere, and searched it. When they found the tape player the person was marched outside the train- and then shot in front of the entire train crowd.
    This is the same government that killed most of the intellectuals and put forth the people who did not have an education.
    Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
    Believe me, we want our system of government.


    1. I don’t know when or why your account happened but I can also paint some pretty dark pictures from the past of our history. So, yes we must learn from the past, I am a big promoter of that, but we can’t let past events always affect our future actions.


    1. Because they want to learn from us to take it back to helping their people have a better life. That is the noble answer…..


  2. Their few universities are overloaded. If you figure a regular population has 1% that has an IQ over 135, that means that many students who could be using their talent do not have the opportunity. (US pop around 400,000/ China 1,000,000) So,they do just about anything to get into our universities. People who have money send their kids here because we do not have a real class system as most countries do. Our universities are known, throughout the world, as being open to educating everyone.
    Countries have dark periods. We have rejected slavery and colonialization…China is embracing both. One would hope not to be controlled by another country while living through their dark period.
    I lived in Hong Kong from 1990- 1992 while my husband lived in China proper. We have many friends who deal in and with China on a daily basis.
    I know Americans, in general, would like to think that everyone else in the world would just be peaceful and loving if we went away as a world power. We did that once. We sure hoped Hilter would play fair. We even did nothing for a long time.same thing with Japan with China in the same time period.


    1. Yes, I will admit that your perception of the world is much darker than mine. I am also grateful that it has been 70+ years since Hitler.

      Here is some recent info about China’s education system:

      All citizens must attend school for at least nine years. Some provinces may have five years of primary school but four years for middle school. The Ministry of Education reported a 99 percent attendance rate for primary school and an 80 percent rate for both primary and middle schools. In 1985, the government abolished tax-funded higher education, requiring university applicants to compete for scholarships based on academic ability. In the early 1980s the government allowed the establishment of the first private schools.

      China has had a major expansion in education, increasing the number of undergraduates and people who hold doctoral degrees fivefold from 1995 to 2005. In 2003 China supported 1,552 institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities) and their 725,000 professors and 11 million students. There are over 100 National Key Universities, including Beijing University and Tsinghua University. Chinese spending has grown by 20% per year since 1999, now reaching over $100bn, and as many as 1.5 million science and engineering students graduated from Chinese universities in 2006. China published 184,080 papers as of 2008.


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