Chinese middle class revolution

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Zaid, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. Zaid macrumors 6502

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    Interesting article about the pace of China's economic development.

    Most interesting bits

    I for one welcome our new Chinese Overlords :)

    Or should that be
    我亲自欢迎我们的新中国霸主

    (machine translated. Appologies for required farcical error)

    oops forgot the linkage:
    [ BBC:Chinese middle class revolution]
     
  2. mischief macrumors 68030

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    (Largest dam ever built)+(ancient Limestone bedrock at 3 Gorges)+(Largest riverside population in history)= (Largest human triggered flood disaster in history)


    Just wait. The engineering doesn't add up. Limestone that old cannot support that kind of pressure. China's ego will yet be her downfall.
     
  3. meta-ghost macrumors regular

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    the 3 gorges dam is indeed frightning. li peng and his cronies had oversight and inspections were more or less - nonexistant. china does have the potential to lead the world but probably has just one too many things that could knock it off that tract. aside from the dam, there is serious rural unrest, the urban middle class will rise in power and how the party reacts is crucial, taiwan is always an issue, health and environmental pressure will be substantial, raw resources (from water to oil) may not be there to accomadate them.

    lately, i've been thinking that china could be looking to peak at the same time oil begins to be seriously scarce.
     
  4. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    In addition to Mischiefs posting of an acute problem, China has to negotiate a bevy of more insiduous problems...

    demographics (who, how many, where, when)
    energy
    food
    environmental degradation
    logistics
    security

    Assuming China manages these problems, they are well-suited to become a World Power, as history has shown.

    Most of Asia would likely bandwagon with China and there would be/will be a fundamental balance of power away from the West and the US. The US and Europe and Russia (as a neighbor) would likely attempt to balance China's hegemonic tendencies.

    Or the US would attack China to prevent Chinese hegemony and protect it's security interests. This is the most likely scenario for a traditional WWIII.
     

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