ChinaExpat: China as the next Japan?

Shanghai Night China Expat makes some interesting observations in comparing the latest Chinese growth to current day Japan. It’s interesting the perspectives taken are a very westernized look at how China compares up with the rest of the world. Westerners seem to view China as Japan’s successor in economics, with the stock markets to burst at any day now and their technology being inferior to anything in the West. Even with the latest move by the United States to strongarm China due to manufacturing practices and safety regulations alongside the whole “environmental” factor that China Expat had no problems mentioning.

However, on the flip side, I personally find that the communist government and the piracy and other types of “hinders” are what makes China powerful. What’s taken the West to bring about advances in the last fifty years, China is doing in ten. The growth is a controlled explosion all the while playing on other nation’s greed to drive their economic growth forward. For example, no one bothers to point out that the manufacturing practices have been going on the same fashion for the last two decades yet, suddenly in 2007, the American government mysteriously finds out? Screams of a political play to me. Stock market ready to burst? Not on your life. Someone will get executed for corruption before that happens. And when people point the finger overseas at the corruption in the Chinese government, perhaps they should take a look at what’s under our own roof with the Abramoff scandal.

In my opinion, China is far from where Japan fell economically and in a different environment entirely. Growth is controlled, yet much of the reins have been let go for sake of capitalism. It’s amazing the things that greed can foster, eh? In any case, the Chinese won’t have the same blowout recession as Japan. Not by a long shot.

(Photo credit: Charles Chan)

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Ben Hwang is involved in a number of online publications and also writes at his personal blog, LUX.ET.UMBRA. When he's not in the middle of starting companies and dreaming up new ventures, he is heavily involved in local community efforts. Currently resides in North Carolina.
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