One quick thing from a post I read but forgot to quote:
As long as we're making comparisons from China to Japan:
Does everyone remember a few decades back when everyone thought the Yuan would overtake the dollar? I grew up seeing books predicting the overthrow of the dollar by the Yuan. Now the Japanese economy is becoming stagnate, and while still extremely powerful, the myth that they would take things over has ended. There's a reason that spree ended and the U.S. remained dominant, and that will not soon change, China or not.
Whilst they've got a joke of an education system.
While our K-12 education leaves something to be desired, I'd offer you to take a look at the world's top 10, or 100 universities and find how many reside in the United States.
Originally Posted by Artikbot
If only we could use the money spent in military to give education and health to out most needed colleagues, and other needed countries, the world would be a much, much better place.
Human nature defies this possibility. On the plus side, imagine how much military R&D and Hardware has helped push the limits of civil technology. Just recently the NSA gave some free satellites to NASA that were state of the art only a decade or so ago. [Beating Hubble, and a nice bridge between that and the overpriced and delayed James Webb]
Originally Posted by Xenthos
China will be the superpower for the next decades, whether you like it or not. Nukes or no nukes. It's about time the US got that message.
The United States is presently the only existing Superpower, and that will not soon change. While China has vibrant economy (which is now slowing, by to by) - there are too many internal problems, political and civil problems for it to attain the capacity to become a superpower. Can its cultural or military influence compete with the United States? No. And in time, their economic influence will wane, like Japan's did. Will they remain a strong player? Of course, I have no doubt that even thirty years from now, in my fifties they'll play a strong role. But replace the United States? No.
Originally Posted by Xenthos
Do you have any idea who invests the most in developing countries ? China.
Who is building roads, public infrastructures, schools, libraries, mines, bridges, dams, factories, foundries, refineries, power plants, oil / gas rigs there ? China.
And America, in more nations, and supplying vastly more infrastructure.
Who is paying for that and who is therefor in control ? China.
I don't recall reading any deals where China is in control of the infrastructure it builds. It typically finds an agreement with the host nation for natural resource rights, though.
Who is lending billions of dollars to almost any country around the world ? China.
"Almost any country" is far from the truth, and the United States both as a government and private citizen still supplies vastly more.
The next super power will be the one who controls the vast majority of resources, China's only decent resource is man power. It had to expand, either through war, which no longer works, or peacefully. Now it's arms stretch around the world, grabbing hold of the majority of all resources on the planet.
China has the financial plug in its hands. Soon it will have the resources and the vote of many up on many developing countries. All through peaceful "conquest". Military you say ? That's so... American.
You'll see the Chinese have a crippling "Baby Boomer"-esque issue in the coming decades as the gender disparity becomes a larger issue. Tell me, what do you think China's answer will be to 320M retiring citizens in the next twenty five years?
Beyond that, who ALREADY has stake in most resources in the world? U.S.
China has no military comparable to the Americans to make use of. Not having the ability to do so would not mean they wouldn't if they had the chance.
Back on the actual topic, glad to see the moratorium can continue being honored. While I'd love to see further development into atomic sciences (For clean weapons, or civil research such as energy) - we also have to be responsible about the subject, and whether or not you appreciate the reality of things, this is the best way to go about it.
And before anyone infers that I'm a war-mongerer - weapons will always be used. You can use a thousand weapons, complete with duds, misses,wasted materials and risk to military personal, or you can use a single 100% clean weapon to get the job done.
War is Hell, so any small step towards making it Humane is a good step, no matter how unfortunate the reality of things is.Edited by Iblis - 6/19/12 at 2:35am