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article imageOp-Ed: China nears superpower status

By Eliot Elwar     Nov 10, 2012 in World
China continues its journey toward superpower status as it develops mystery space plane, nuclear equipped ballistic missile submarines, and a more robust economy in 2012.
From MSNBC: As the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B mini-shuttle flight nears, analysts watch closely China’s own potential space plane, the Shenlong. In 2011, Chinese media outlets reported a test flight of the Shenlong space plane that apparently included its airdrop from an H-6 bomber. However, the nature of the Shenlong project's testing, as well as what the robot vehicle truly represents, remains a mystery to Western intelligence.
From Reuters: China is within two years of deploying submarine-launched nuclear weapons, adding a new element to its nuclear arsenal that should lead to arms-reduction discussions. According to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, China remains ‘the most threatening’ power in cyberspace and it presents the largest challenge to U.S. supply chain integrity. China is expanding its nuclear forces. The other nuclear powers are the United States, Russia, Britain, and France. Beijing is near to attaining a credible nuclear triad of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and air-dropped nuclear bombs. While China has had a largely symbolic ballistic missile submarine capability for decades, it is now set to establish a ‘near-continuous at-sea strategic deterrent.
From Yahoo News: “China's economy has halted its slowing trend, the head of the country's powerful economic planning agency said on Saturday, adding that he was confident GDP growth would exceed 7.5 percent in 2012. Zhang Ping, head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 18th Communist Party Congress which is meeting to select a new leadership.”
Analysis
Since China is the second largest economy in the world after the US and part of the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), it is setting the stage to become the world’s next superpower. China is revealing advance weaponry not seen before in its history. Its rapid military and economic buildup has been happening to the surprise of some Western leaders. China will be capable of challenging the US and the West in its technological, economic, and military capabilities by the next decade. For years, China has been secretly and quietly developing its military and economic power while the West remains preoccupied with Russia and the Middle East. China should reach superpower status within this current decade.
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