this time in the discussion, we don't go to GDP per capita. why? well, the so-called rise of China, or the upcoming threats to USA, or Japan first, is formulated in terms of GDP, rather than GDP divided by total population. the kind of challenge PROC poses to Japan and USA canbe best understaood in term sof GDP, not GDP divided by total population. if PROC's GDP per capital is at the industrial country's level, then the game would be over, and China would be the King of the world. "fortunately", we are not there yet. lol.... so, we take up the issue step by step... right now, the issue is to look at the GDP.