[quote=“urodacus”]The PRC certainly have many advantages on their side over India when it comes to being the next superpower. One-party totalitarian rule, for one. Being a Police state, and without a transparent rule of law, for another. Plus a very sophisticated military intelligence and ‘agents provocateurs’ system, for a third. Not to mention a brain-washed, easily manipulated populace, very tight financial constraints including a non-floating currency and strict investment regulations, etc, as well as a totally subjugated media. And they’ve got Yao Ming. Don’t forget Yao Ming.
Still, they can’t have it all. They have serious resource, water and pollution issues, not to mention an increasingly disgruntled and unruly populace in some areas. Of course, they can always blame anything they want on Uighurs, Tibetans, and Taiwanese spies. Oh, and the Japanese, of course.
Ah China, the Rise of the Great Middle Finger.[/quote]
I don’t think it’s that simple, actually one of the Beijing’s biggest problems is a lack of control. The absence of a transparent rule of law and the arbitrary wielding of power by local officials is also an obstacle to development. But most of China’s problems aren’t really PRC problems, they existed before the PRC came into being and they will be there after it is gone.
However India’s problems seem even bigger, and the Indian state more impotent in dealing with them. The PRC has made better progress than democratic India.