Very few people understand China. China will never be a significant economic or military power in the world. In the 60's we used to refer to China as the sleeping giant and also as the paper tiger. Economically speaking the sleeping giant will never wake up. China is not a unified country like the United States. It is a fragmented country made of hundreds of provinces each speaking a different dialect. They can't even communicate with each other. The news loves to parade China's economy and military might but the fact is if China wasn't so fragmented it would have been the world's greatest power hundreds of years ago.