Friday, May 04, 2007

The Chinese Century?

The 20th century is often referred to as The American Century. Moving away from argument as to how accurate a title that could be - I ask a question.

Will the 21st century be the Chinese Century?


Has the administration of George W. Bush sealed the US's fate as a nation of influence for good?


Blogger TomCat said...

It could be, LP. Bush's massive debt to pay for the war for oil and conquest and no millionaire left behind has certainly hurt. Were China to divest its $US supply, our entire economy would go into the toilet.

2:48 PM  
Blogger moville said...

I think it's too early to crown the Chinese the champion of the century. They are going to have a terrible time with income inequality--the number of billionaires there is growing astronomically, while the people outside the major cities are being victimized by unemployment and crumbling infrastructure. Bear in mind that these people were far more thoroughly conditioned AGAINST moneymaking and capitalism than the Russians ever were. We've already seen disturbances in some areas, and we will see more. Also, like all Communist countries, China has a devastated environment. I understand that Beijing is so polluted as to almost require gas masks on some days--and the number of cars is doubling and tripling weekly. I don't forsee smooth sailing for them into the next few decades.
i think the one asset GW hasn't been able to ruin is our system of higher education. It's a fact that China has nothing comparable to it, and most ambitious Chinese(and for that matter, Indian) students want to come here for their graduate education.
On the other hand, our national reputation is in tatters, we're now known as a nation that tortures, launches pre-emptive strikes, etc. All we can hope for on that score is a chief executive who believes in internationalism, can play successfully with others and make a coherent speech or two...

12:07 PM  

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