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China as a Global Super Power

Over the years, China has quickly morphed into a global super power that can impact and influence various industries in a positive or negative manner. On the other hand, it shouldn’t be coming as such a huge shock that China is a global super power. They have a rich history which has been overshadowed by western influences.

In fact, it is rather common for the west to downplay all the ways that China has made a global impact on the world. If you’re curious, take a look at how China cemented its status as a global super power throughout history.

From 1100 to 1800

China was a seat of economic power, with a flourishing trade system which made the west look like a child in comparison. Records’ dating back to 1708 show that China was the major producer for steel across the world, capable of producing around 125,000 tons of steel. This was unmatched by any other country. Even by 1788, England could only produce 76,000 tons.

Even when it came to technology in textile, the methods used by China were far superior. In fact, by the time England had a textile revolution in the 18th Century and modernized their textile techniques, China’s were 8 centuries old, tried, tested and true.

Another area where China excelled was in trading. China was naturally positioned to enjoy trade with South Asia, Europe, the Middle East as well as Africa. Goods from China such as cloth, silk, agricultural produce, paper, printing materials, inks, paints, dyes, firearms and more were some of the best and most highly sought after.

Decline in the 18th Century