China's GDP growth was at 11% last quarter, for year-over-year growth of about 8%, and just now replaced Germany as the world's leading exporter. (Funny, how does a "Socialist" European Free Market(tm) democracy be former world's largest exporter, but the US can't be?
Why would anyone want to be the world's largest exporter?
What everyone wants to be is the largest importer. The richest countries are the ones that get more products (a bigger piece of the pie).
All the developing countries always have been the biggest exporters of everything for the last 50 years. But they also have always had huge external debts to go with that, so the products got out, money got in, and the money got out again to pay interest on those debts (which were made to no benefit of the population during good non-democratic governments. Good because they were helped/sponsored/approved by the developed countries).
What nobody expected was that China would come out of communism to became a huge exporter in 10 years (without debts to balance the cash flow). Nobody expected, because they believed China to be communist like Russia. In fact China never was. China has been an company and run like a company for the last 15 years at least. It has a board of directors and a CEO. It learned the lesson that the western world failed to see: If democracy was the most efficient way to do something, companies would use it. They don't! Employees don't elect the directors. They don't vote for CEO.
I have been in China for a while now and I see their point, even tough they still don't get that people should be represented in any honest form of government, I can't help but think that they got something right that democracy as we know cannot compete with. Its like seem the end of Feudalism.