China’s Questionable Economic Power -Project Syndicate

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Interesting analysis by Joseph Nye:

“The World Bank recently announced that China’s economy will surpass that of the United States this year, measured according to purchasing power parity (PPP). But this is far from a holistic depiction of China’s global economic standing…… But, even if China’s overall GDP surpasses that of the US (by whatever measure), the two economies will maintain very different structures and levels of sophistication. And China’s per capita income – a more accurate measure of economic sophistication – amounts to only 20% of America’s, and will take decades, at least, to catch up (if it ever does).”

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-questionable-economic-power-by-joseph-s–nye-2014-11