History repeating: Is China the new Germany / Japan of the past?
" Back then, the new world power was Germany. It had modernised its economy. It had secured its finances. What it didn't have was empire or international influence. What it didn't have was the resources to feed its demanding industry. It also had a long list of grudges relating to historic wars and territorial compromises. As it grew stronger, Germany grew more demanding. A series of provocative diplomatic "incidents" were met with uncertainty and appeasement by the rest of the world. This gave the Kaiser the confidence and arrogance which would lead to war in 1914.
Are there parallels with China?
Its economy is growing like no other. Its industry is world-leading. Its resources are being stretched. Its military might is growing.
It's new muscle they're already flexing.
Their ambitions towards the South and East China Seas are open knowledge. The aggressive expansion of an "air-defence zone" over islands claimed by Japan and South Korea is just the latest "testing" of international resolve. As was the near-ramming of a US cruiser "observing" China's new aircraft carrier.
But China has grounds for resentment.
It has been the victim of a string of wars few other nations have cared about. It has been exploited and repressed through a series of treaties taking advantage of its internal turmoils.
Now, it is being forced to "fit" into a world system based on Western European values. This is something that rankles an extreme national pride based on its millennia-old culture.
And it doesn't have to put up with such treatment any more.
Then there's India.
It is a nation of a billion people. Its economy is going from strength to strength. Its military is expanding - particularly its navy." - www.news.com
Re: History repeating: Is China the new Germany / Japan of the past?
the reason the economy is growing in china india and other parts of asia is because most of the goods sold in the uk in Europe and America are made in those countries china is buying up companies in the uk and Europe and so are india and some companies in the uk and Europe have moved to china cause it is cheaper to make their products there but most of the workers are not very well paid but the companies make millions
Interesting. But we now have the problem in China which has bedevelled UK, USA and most other western countries. - shifting of production to cheaper sources. China are doing this now, and repercussions will/are being felt in that country. Of course, cheap labour is often imported. In all our countries this happens and causes problems and unrest amongst the natives.
I see strife and revolution coming. The world over . . .bring it on!
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