The media has long been covering the rise of China. This discussion grew to a peak when Chinese GDP surpassed that of Japan just last summer. Now the focus switched to America, the country that has been holding the first place since it surpassed Great Britain around the turn of the century. A recent graphic on Washington Post graphs that, if the two countries keep the growth rate of now, China will catch up with the U.S. in the year 2024.
The International Monetary Fund(IMF) sets the clock in the year of 2016, according to an article on China Daily.
Of course, the timing might not be this accurate, and a lot could happen in a decade to make changes on this prediction, but obviously many Westerners are getting ready for this. Martin Jacques is one of them. His book “When China rules the world: The end of the western world and the birth of a new global order” is one of those legitimate analysis of China, unlike many of the unreasonable fears or even attacks.
Here’s a video when he talked about how to understand the rise of China at one TED conference:
I really appreciate his overall take of understanding China as it is, not trying to squeeze China into the Western model and freak out or criticize China if it does not fit in. “China is not the west and it will never be”.