i guess invading went too far
it cant even confront Russia currently
neither Russia can confront the US, they have nuclear weapons, remember.
as for china you are talking the same way as people did when they were referring to japan in the 60s before it went on to become a economic superpower
you can't even dream of comparing Japan with China. Japan has 10% of China's population, and does not have a fraction of social problems China has.
Just feeding everyone is a huge problem in China, the more the economy grows, the more difficult it will be for the government to keep control, they can block the internet only for so long.
One reason why China was never under the control of a foreign power (with the exception of the Mongols), despite being very weak at time was its size, they could not digest it. Japan or Great Britain controlled parts of the country but never the whole of it.
the Chinese goverment is having increased problems to keep people uninformed so they won't go to claim their part, we are talking about 1.3 billion people, I repeat, 1.3 billiong people.
In addition, they are accumulating a huge amount of reserves, some think that gives them a lot of power, it does not.
I remember reading a comment by John D. Rockefeller once, he said, if you owe a bank 1 million dollars, you have a problem, if you owe 100 million, then the bank has a problem.
That's precisely their problem, they have to hope the US economy keeps going otherwise their currency reserves are worth nothing and they won't have a market to sell, it's the very same problem Japan and Germany faced before. The Chinese economy is growing very fast, but it is very, very far from being a developed economy, their infrastructure is far from ready and several parts of the country haven't advanced to the 21st century, Shanghai, Beijing and Guanzhou are not China.
Saying that just because some people were wrong predicting Japan's dismissal that China will follow the same patter is , to put it mild, streching it, more than a bit, you can't say that because some people misjudged an Asian country years ago the same will happen now.
And btw, there were a lot of predictions that Japan would dominate the world when they started to accumulate a lot of reserves and they started to see Japanese made goods all over the place, that never was the case.
Nobody denies that China will be one of the most important economic powers, but it will not be a dominant power, not in its current form, maybe if they split the country, the eastern part could become a superpower, but right now, it has too much to drag on.
the only difference is that china will become a military superpower as well
a military superpower, and has been for a while, they have nuclear weapons and it's one of the few countries capable of striking with them effectively (India and Pakistan could not strike the US or Great Britain for example). They have the most numerous army and it has been like that since the times of Mao, so what else is new?
btw : just to make it clear i am thankful for democracy that allows me to express my opinion
I am as well
but i am also a realist that sees that a dictatorship can achieve great things ( yes a dictatorship china is only a communist nation in name)
hmm, yes, for a short period of time, as history shows, it's beyond the topic but there are reasons why dictatorships cannot maintain their power for too long, particulary true in the 20th century (I am talking of a truely global power, not just over their own country). Look at the nazis, the Japanese, the Soviet Union, even China had to relax its rules at least in the economic front.