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And it will be a very complex system, for to my mind there will be six great powers - the United States, the European Union, China, India, Russia and Japan, but also probably seven very substantial powers whose interests, ambitions and military capabilities will have to be taken into account by the great powers and the rest of the world: Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Iran and Turkey.
Despite impressive growth, the rising Asian giants have feet of clay
Every day, countless commentators prophesize the ascendance of the world's next superpowers, China and India, the two "Asian giants" shaking off their ancient slumber and rising to the call of the 21st century. According to popular punditry, their place in the firmament of globalization's success stories is already guaranteed. Yet economist Pranab Bardhan argues that a much more complicated picture belies the rosy visions of optimists. In China, rural and urban inequality grows at alarming rates, stirring unrest amongst those hundreds of millions who remain impoverished. In fact, China, responsible for only 6 percent of world trade, has actually lost manufacturing jobs in the past ten years. Meanwhile, India's much-vaunted hi-tech sector accounts for less than one quarter of one percent of the country's labor force. The nation still boasts the world's highest illiteracy rate, while poverty reduction continues to slow. In short, Bardhan suggests, only patience and struggle – not destiny – can guide India and China to the level of superpowers.
China, India Superpower? Not so Fast!
Originally posted by ProudCanadian
Hey when you listed potential super powers you forgot Canada. Come on we have lots of...water I know I know we'll never be mighty and powerful because it's so cold up here no one wants to live here.
Originally posted by Daedalus3
France is a case in point. It has the attitude of a 'lone ranger' when needed; it has the military firepower and power projection(2nd only to the USA), and its in the process of cleaning up its economy(going about it the wrong though! ).
Europe cannot coalesce.Steve_03 makes the mindset of the europeans very clear..
Originally posted by st3ve_o
france is a country on the you only have to see those protests the other day on tv!!
their economy is in a mess, their military is not 2nd best at all (first time ive heard anyone say that infact)!!
in europe, all countrys are far behind the UK in MOST aspects,
for example the g8 (worlds most powerful and rich countrys) the UK has the 2nd highest economic growth rate in the g8 (behind the united states).
[edit on 30-3-2006 by st3ve_o]