Skip to comments.China, The Next Superpower?
Posted on 03/10/2011 4:27:40 PM PST by Kaslin
Supremacy: As Beijing resumes double-digit increases in military spending, a leading think tank projects China will achieve military parity in less than a generation. We'd better practice our bows.
Back in 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt sent what became known as the Great White Fleet on a worldwide excursion that lasted almost 14 months. Four U.S. naval squadrons, consisting of four battleships each and their escorts, demonstrated America's arrival as a great power that would soon pass Britain as ruler of the waves.
Then, the passing of the torch from one great power to another was peacefully presaged by a seemingly small display of sea power. The next great shift may soon be upon us, and the next great superpower may not be so protective of democracy and freedom.
In its Global Military Balance report, the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) warns that China's growing economic power is forming the basis for a strategic shift in the global military balance of power.
IISS director general John Chapman told Reuters after the report's release on Tuesday that if current trends continue, it would take only 15 to 20 years for China to achieve military parity with the United States. Considering that we seem to be going in different directions, Beijing should soon pass us.
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Obama is doing all he can to make it happen.
The next?? Haven’t they been for some time?
Well yes, but what does Justin Beiber think?
Worrying about the peace and freedom of other nations while neglecting our own is what helped get us in our present fix. If China wants to bear the weight of being the world's superpower then more power to them. The American taxpayer and military could use a break after 70 years.
China reminds me of that vaudeville act where a person is spinning many, many plates on long sticks.
The hard part isn’t to keep the plates spinning — it is not to trip and fall.
China has over a billion people and they’re expecting a payoff for all those years of hard work and self denial. If the Chinese government stumbles, or there is a string of multi-year crop failures, or the Chinese economy collapses, watch out!
They have a day-to-day supply of fuel and coal.
95% of their population lives in dirt poverty.
They just killed a generation of women.
They just suffered a massive crop failure.
Their government is still centralized.
They have built millions of unoccupied housing units as make-work projects.
They fix their prices by decree of central government.
Corruption is systemic.
They hold notes to a whole bunch of US debt, which doesn’t look like a good idea for the future.
Aside from those little details, they’re awesome.
I’m waiting for Charlie Sheen, Kathy Griffin and Lady Gaga to chime in.
Back in 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt sent what became known as the Great White Fleet on a worldwide excursion that lasted almost 14 months. Four U.S. naval squadrons, consisting of four battleships each and their escorts, demonstrated America's arrival as a great power that would soon pass Britain as ruler of the waves.Somewhere around here a few years back there were nice photogs of the GWF steaming through the Straits of Magellan. Very cool.
Not to worry. They will have carriers and carrier-killing missiles and anti-satellite missiles - but that’s nothing.
We will have an INCLUSIVE, PROHOMO MILITARY. Haha! Take THAT.
Typical response from an American voter:
“China will be the next superpower? What does that m... Hey! America Idol`s on!
Idle American loves American Idol.
Communism NEVER works,not even when the god like Chinese do it. I am not saying they are not dangerous, but it simply doesn't work.
I used to respect IBD.
For them to let this ignorance fly under their banner is downright embarrassing for them.
The Chinese leadership is plenty capable of ruling through massive famines. As long as the party cadres are fed and well armed the people can’t do anything. Despite advances in telecommunications China remains a very closed country.
Yeah, but superpowers aren’t generally a ‘closed country’.
China has had opportunities to expand phenomenally beyond its comfort zone, and has not done so. Every time, they’ve pulled back, almost as though they’re afraid...of what? That China itself will be changed by exposure to outsiders?
It’s what I’ve been saying...they aren’t exactly in a the position of a world power to be feared.
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