How fast is China developing in the eyes of non-Chinese people?
Michael McGuire, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Student (2016-present)
Answered Dec 30
I am American.
When I was 14, I developed a fascination with economics. The recession had been a few years back, but I was just at that point beginning to turn my focus outwards. I heard all sorts of things about the collapse, and began studying it in an informal, big-picture way.
I looked at the GDP graphs of all the world’s countries over time, and saw some graphs that showed more than one nation. Then I saw something like this:
That looked fascinating. I was too young to understand why nations rose and fell or how an economy even worked. I didn’t research much further, because I didn’t know what to research. But I became much more aware of China, thinking about it in the back of my head, factoring in its rapid growth as a crucial part of understanding the politics of the world. It scared me a little bit, because China was supposed to be communist and a horrible dictatorship!
Then I became a communist at about age 15 for unrelated reasons. China then became a shining talking point in my youthful political discussions. I took relish in telling conservatives “China will own America someday because of the failure of conservative policies.” I, like many others, blamed Bush for the recession and for the tremendous debt America took on pumping up its military spending during the Iraq war.
After I grew up a little more and became disillusioned with everything, I stopped thinking about politics as much.
After a few years, I somehow got back into thinking about China, and by this point I was old enough to understand complex geopolitical cause and effect. I started sporadically reading articles about China, watched youtube documentaries about it. After a few years of learning about China and the fundamentals of its growth, and going through my own other changes in those few years, I am now terrified again but also very excited that China can be the engine for human progress in the 21st century.
The Chinese government, in my honest view, has solved the puzzle of political science. The model they have found, of a single party state simply identifying problems and doing whatever is necessary to fix them, free of any divisive ideology or religion or uneducated democracy, has achieved truly incredible results within China and internationally. A fast train network will help the country grow and integrate? Full speed ahead! They’ve built factories, nuclear reactors, cities, electric cars, dams, as fast as they can move. They’ve invested billions in research in all branches of science and engineering, while the west flounders and stagnates in their most productive endeavours. China is a nation defined by a policy of progress, so radical and effective that it grows by leaps and bounds faster than the western consciousness can comprehend.
China seems to be a nation where conservatism has no voice in policy. There is no party of traditionalists demanding the government slow down and transfer power to small local governments and the citizens at the expense of progress. This means China is unlimited, unrestrained, fully capable of and planning on speeding right past my country.
An authoritarian country becoming the world superpower! Very terrifying. I hope that they start opening up to skilled labor from other nations, so that I might be able to work there someday. China would be wise, in my humble opinion, to become the new Land of Opportunity in the 21st century, to become The Place to immigrate to for highly skilled workers from across the world.
Things sure are changing for us all pretty quickly. That’s okay. I like change quite a bit. I’m glad China has taken on the burden of investing in science too.
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Julian Mintzis, Education and Business Professional.我认为没有外国人真正了解中国。
Answered Jan 2
Unless you have deep knowledge about what’s going on in China, I do not think any foreigner really knows what’s going on there.
There are industries and sub-industries that are slowing down, but others are gaining in momentum. This is common as economies and countries change over time.
For example, light manufacturing and some other forms of manufacturing is starting to leave China due to rising costs; however, many aspects of technology are raising ground including high tech manufacturing.
Many people think the quality of Chinese products are not good. The truth is there is a balance between price and quality. You cannot expect if you pay too low for something the quality will be good, but on the other hand, you really have to know the product well to determine if it is was suitable for that price.
As regards to some of the Chinese grown software and technology, this is changing too. It used to be viewed as “the Chinese xxx” using the Western software name for xxx; however, these days such Chinese grown softwares have been able to have distinct features to make them competitively better than their Western so-called counterparts and some of the Western softwares are playing catch up.