Reading Daily Pundit is sort of like reading The National Enquirer - addictive if only for the unbelievably, shockingly sloppy reasoning behind gross political outbursts.
The US Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte, warned that China’s steady military and economic expansion may ultimately lead to Beijing attaining superpower status on a par with the United States.
"Globalization is causing a shift of momentum and energy to greater Asia, where China has steadily expanding reach and may become a peer competitor to the United States at some point,” Negroponte said at a hearing of the US Senate Armed Services Committee on global security threats."
The Daily Pundit opines in response to this:
As long as it is a communist tyranny, China will never attain true superpower status. The old USSR never did. At base, the soviet commies were a third world country bankrupting itself to pay for a nuclear arsenal and a huge army.
There are several things I find odd about this.
First, I wonder: has the author ever even been to China? This is not a rhetorical question, neither is it one designed to provoke, but it strikes me as somewhat naive to assume one can declare a country that has given the world much of the cultural richness we enjoy today (not to mention many of the heavily discounted goods and hence savings we also enjoy) as a “communist tyranny” if one has never seen it for oneself.
Secondly, stating that a country cannot become a “superpower” because it adheres to a particular political model smacks of an ignorance of macroeconomic understanding: superpower staus is achieved in large part by the level of currency reserves a particular country’s economy has - seeing as many of China’s are currently propping up the gross U.S. deficit, it is a slighly bizzare statement.