If PRC becomes the world's superpower

royal744

Ad Honorem
Jul 2013
9,804
San Antonio, Tx
#51
China didn't fight the Koreans per se, they checked western intervention. Same in Vietnam.

If they had imperialist designs, they could have gobbled Mongolia effortlessly
I guess you don’t know anything about history, do you? North Korea attacked South Korea, not the other way around. Try to learn something before posting next time.
 
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royal744

Ad Honorem
Jul 2013
9,804
San Antonio, Tx
#53
In the 1980s, most people in the US saw Japan as the rising economic superpower. What happened instead was that Japan lost more than a decade in its economic history. No one can say with any certainty if China will or will not do the same thing.

China is already an economic powerhouse. No one doubts that. Without the US as its biggest/largest customer, however, one wonders what would happen if that were no longer the case. We can posit the inverse - what happens when China is no longer the largest supplier to the US economy: prices will rise dramatically here as cheap Chinese goods are no longer available to the US market.

The point is, we cannot readily replace China, and I seriously doubt if China can readily replace us. Stand off.
 
Oct 2013
4,418
Canada
#54
In the 1980s, most people in the US saw Japan as the rising economic superpower. What happened instead was that Japan lost more than a decade in its economic history. No one can say with any certainty if China will or will not do the same thing.

China is already an economic powerhouse. No one doubts that. Without the US as its biggest/largest customer, however, one wonders what would happen if that were no longer the case. We can posit the inverse - what happens when China is no longer the largest supplier to the US economy: prices will rise dramatically here as cheap Chinese goods are no longer available to the US market.

The point is, we cannot readily replace China, and I seriously doubt if China can readily replace us. Stand off.
Japan ran out of steam. She was at maximum capacity and is finished. China haven't even started.
 
Jun 2017
2,552
Connecticut
#55
In the 1980s, most people in the US saw Japan as the rising economic superpower. What happened instead was that Japan lost more than a decade in its economic history. No one can say with any certainty if China will or will not do the same thing.

China is already an economic powerhouse. No one doubts that. Without the US as its biggest/largest customer, however, one wonders what would happen if that were no longer the case. We can posit the inverse - what happens when China is no longer the largest supplier to the US economy: prices will rise dramatically here as cheap Chinese goods are no longer available to the US market.

The point is, we cannot readily replace China, and I seriously doubt if China can readily replace us. Stand off.
Japan is a small island country with very few resources, relatively small population, no nuclear weapons and until recently dedication to non militarism. Japan's lack of resources were what drove it to such high risk expansion in the Imperial era in the first place. Japan's economic prosperity was more based on the entertainment industry and consumer products. The current structure of Japan's population will also see it fall well south of 100 million.

China on the other hand has a permanent UN Security Council veto, a nuclear arsenal, natural resources and a gigantic population to go along with their economy which by some measures is the largest in the world and will eventually be the largest by all measures. While the US government can be overthrown, the US's nuclear arsenal and geography makes both the US and any successor states brought into existence by internal turmoil essentially unconquerable by external force. While the US can be surpassed by China economically and maybe even one day militarily, China will not be able to externally remove the US. This does not even touch on the economic co dependence which is also a good point.
 
Jun 2015
5,535
UK
#57
Japan is bigger than the UK, France, and Germany. It has 150 million people. It's not small by any stretch.

Japan also never had intentions to be a superpower, like China does now. China once was a great power, and is regaining what it feels is its "right". It's still hurt from the century of humilitation in the late Qing period and early ROC. Japan knows what it needs to do to resolve its economic issues (immigration) but it won't go down that road since it wants to preserve its own culture.

G20 - Wikipedia
 
Jun 2012
5,697
Texas
#60
Japan is bigger than the UK, France, and Germany. It has 150 million people. It's not small by any stretch.

Japan also never had intentions to be a superpower, like China does now. China once was a great power, and is regaining what it feels is its "right". It's still hurt from the century of humilitation in the late Qing period and early ROC. Japan knows what it needs to do to resolve its economic issues (immigration) but it won't go down that road since it wants to preserve its own culture.

G20 - Wikipedia
You forgot about that period in the 30s and 40s...
 

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