posted by D/D
Yellow dog democrat? I'm taking it that you're jesting.
Just a bit of trivia tossed into the mix.... [Edited by Don W]
posted by mikesingh
It's a uni-polar world now, with America ruling as the only super power . . we have two emerging giants, the mighty dragon and the marauding elephant, i.e., China and India . . can [China and India] ever combine to pose a credible economic and military threat to the US of A and dethrone it from its pedestal as the number one super power within a couple of decades? [Edited by Don W]
My bet is that America will be hard put to even compete with either country singly within the next 50 years!
posted by mikesingh
Don, you are formatting the future from the past that has little relevance now.
[Edited by Don W]
Your analysis was interesting and thought provoking. Yes, India did have a ‘Hindu rate of growth’ till the 90s. But look at it now - 8 to 9% and growing, with China at 10%. The projected growth rate of America up to 2010 is just 2.29%!!
India’s catching up fast. It has the biggest middle class on earth, a huge educated English speaking work force that is also young and raring to go, and needless to say, an info tech super power. It is also a responsible nuclear weapon state, which has the 4th largest, and one of the best-trained armed forces in the world.
American energy consumption is excessive to say the least. Energy Security rests on two principles. First, use the least amount of energy to provide services and cut down energy losses. Second, secure access to all sources of energy including coal, oil and gas supplies worldwide, till the end of the fossil fuel era, which is fast approaching. The Indo-American (say privatized) nuclear deal will make India self sufficient in nuclear power generation by 2020.
A nation's military strength rests on its economic strength, but economic strength tends to whither when a nation devotes too many resources to the military. ''Imperial overstretch,'' Kennedy called it. The world has changed since 1987, and the danger of the United States bankrupting itself through military over extension seems a lot more real.
I suspect the thought of losing their status as a military ''great power'' over the world does not traumatize most Americans. What does traumatize Americans is the thought of economic stagnation as a permanent condition. But there's another conundrum: the politics of decline produce exactly the wrong formula for reversing the economics of decline. The result: as decline becomes more evident, it also becomes harder to correct. So what does the future hold for the US of A? There are a lot of imponderables, Don, which you have not taken into account.
Originally posted by 32genroman
A protester when Bush and the chinese president were in the US together. She was going on about a banned religion in China that had maybe a questionable practice maybe considered occult or metaphysics. What is that religion?
Originally posted by ceci2006
I would like to ask you further about the Qing dynasty. I had also heard about the "Han" people. Who are they?
Originally posted by Xenophobe
Anyways, I would like to make Yang Rou Chuan at home, and I can't find a recipe anywhere on the internet. Do you know which spices are used to make Yang Rou Chuan?
Originally posted by asmilesnail
the most important recipe is cumin, you can find it at any Asian Grocery
put some cumin powder and salt or you can add some spicy powder on the lamb leg meat (of course small pieces ), then put on the BBQ shelfer, or in the oven!~ 10 minutes i guess
Originally posted by ceci2006
Hello again, Earthlism,
Thank you for answering my past questions. I would like to ask you further about the Qing dynasty. I had also heard about the "Han" people. Who are they?
Again, I send you best wishes.
Originally posted by donwhite
Let’s look at energy consumption, which is the bottom line measure of a world power. We hear the US uses 22 mb/d (million barrels a day). The world is said to produce 85 mb/d. The US, therefore, uses 25% of the world’s crude oil. China is said to use 3 mb/d and India 1 mb/d. China is in the midst of getting access to much more energy. Treaties are already made with both Russia and Iran. China may well be able to double or triple its available energy in the coming decade. The Three Gorges Dam will produce more electricity than the next two dams in the world combined.
India is not in such good shape as China. First, by 2030 or 2040, India’s population will exceed China’s, making it the most populated country in the world. Like it or not, the one family, one child policy of Mao Zedong has made modern China possible. Indeed, this is a policy India should look into.
India occupies less than 1 million square miles. China is like the US’s Lower 48, about 3 million square miles. Earth-wise, China is in the temperate zone while India is in the sub-tropical zone. The tropics may be good for vacations, but there are many problems associated with excess heat that will hinder India and which China does not have. I guess I’m saying that India will never emerge as a counter-point to either China or the US of A.
I also think Hinduism is weaker as a nation-state building philosophy, especially when compared to the vastly superior Chinese Confucius philosophy. In fact, Hinduism is counter productive, IMO. It is impossible for India and China to associate. It’s called the Himalayas. Or, Beijing is closer to San Francisco than it is to New Delhi. Well, so it seems to me.
I disagree. Unless Geo W blows this climate change thing, we have the world’s biggest and best watered bread basket sitting between the Rockies on the west and the Appalachians on the east. 1.5 million square miles of the best suited land on the planet. Monkeys could grow bumper crops there! Bottom line is any country must feed its people. And, the world’s supply of water is also a finite resource. And America (and Canada) has more of that than any other place. Just imagine the North American continent in 2050 with Mexico as the 51st state and Canada as Number 52! Now there’s a super power!
Originally posted by Houtchens
I have a question about religion. From what I understand, the communist government only allows religion that supports the government. There is a movie called "China Cry" about a woman who seeks to be free from this, and has been seperated from her husband and put into prison because they believe in God. It is a powerful story of love, hurt, and joy. My question is: how have you seen religion being hurt in your country?
Here is my prayer for you: I pray that God would bless you greatly, and all of your family. That He would watch over you and protect you and be with you. And that you would know God's love, which is greater than all the money and power in the world.
[edit on 27-5-2006 by Houtchens]