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The United States or China: Which country is more powerful?

So today, i have decided to look at the two superpowers (The United States and China) and see whether these two countries can be compared, an inherently tricky task — Can it be done? Do you think china is the world’s next great economic power?

CHINA, already the world’s most populous nation — it’s economic rise over the past three decades has been one of the major geopolitical events in recent history; it is now the second-largest economy in terms of nominal — i.e., not adjusted for inflation — gross domestic product and is the world’s largest exporter. Some analysts suggesting that China’s economy will be bigger than the United States’ by the end of 2016.

The United States is still the only global superpower (in the true sense), but it is being challenged by the rising power of China, just as ancient Rome was challenged by Carthage, and Britain was challenged by Germany. This could be the reason why, United States does not officially take sides in disputes between China and Japan OR China and India.

Here is something to think about: After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami (killing over 230,000 people in fourteen countries), the fashionable question was why the US did not donate even more and sooner (US donated $350 million), rather than why China did not donate more, despite being geographically much closer (China donated $146 million). Whereas Australia donated $1,322 millions …. Tsunami-hit India donated $183 millions … Japan donated $500 million. Ask yourself???
An extreme contrast = China’s GDP per capita was $9,100, whereas the US boasted a figure of $48,900 – the US has the world’s largest deficit burden, while China has the world’s greatest budget surplus. Can you spot any other interesting patterns?

Do you think it is possible to compare two countries such as China and the US?  What measures would you have liked to seen included?

GDP: $7.298 trillion
GDP Growth: 9.2%
Revenue: 1.646 Trillion
Expenditures: 1.729 Trillion
Budget Deficit: -1.1% of GDP
Exports: 1.904 Trillion
Percentage in Poverty: 13.4%
Unemployment: 6.5%
Labor Force: 795.5 Million

United States
GDP: 15.29 Trillion
GDP Growth: 1.7%
Revenue: 2.303 Trillion
Expenditures: 3.599 Trillion
Budget Deficit: -8.6% of GDP
Exports: 1.497 Trillion
Percentage in Poverty: 15.1%
Unemployment: 9%
Labor Force: 153 Million

Indicator China USYear
Population1,349,585,838316,668,567 July 2013 (est)
Total CO2 emissions
from fossil-fuel burning, cement production, and
gas flaring.
2096295 (for China mainland) 1,445,2042009
Military expenditure (% of GDP) 2.64.62012 (China) 2010 (US)
Exports, $ trillion2.05 1.6122012 est
Market capitalization of listed
companies (% of GDP)
46.3104.3 2011
Olympic gold medals at London 2012 38462012
Literacy rate, %92.299 2007 (China) 2003 (US)
Box office revenues, $billion 2.710.82012
Internet users (per 100 people) 38.377.92011
Top global brand, brand value 2013, $m China Mobile – 55,368Apple – 185071
Unemployment rate, %6.4 8.22012 est
Facebook penetration, % 0.0450.93As at 06/06/2013
GDP per capita, $9100 498002012 est
Current account balance, $ billion 213.8-487.22012 est
GDP growth7.8 2.22012 est
Exposure to particulate matter with an
aerodynamic diameter of 10 μm or less (PM10) in urban areas, mg/m3
98182008 (US), 2009 (China)
Share of total renewables in total
supply energy supply, %
15.64.2 2004
Urban population, % of total population 47822010
Average annual household income 1022084300
Improved water, %100 772002
Improved sanitation, % 100442002
Diarrhoea deaths per year956002002
Diarrhoea DALYs /1000 capita per year 0.232002
Population using solid fuel (%) <5802002
Indoor air pollution deaths per year3807002002
Indoor air pollution DALYs/1000 capita
per year
Annual PM10 [mg/m3]2480 2002
Urban population (%)72 372002
Outdoor air pollution deaths per year 412002756002002
Outdoor air pollution DALYs /1000 capita per year0.8 1.42002
Life expectancy at birth, males 72.9676.192013 (est)
Life expectancy at birth, females 77.2781.172013 (est)
Billionaires, US$317 4092013

This is by no means the definitive guide. However, I would love it if you could give your opinion in the comment box below.


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