China Dethrones Germany as Top Goods Exporter JANUARY 6, 2010
China took over the mantle of the world's top merchandise exporter from Germany in 2009, according to the latest figures, aided by a global economic crisis that has taken a greater toll on other trading powers.
China in 2007 overtook Germany as the world's third-largest national economy, and is on track to soon surpass Japan to become the second-largest economy after the U.S.
And today from this article, Japan's exports grow for first time in 15 months, 27 January 2010
The Japanese finance ministry said China had now overtaken the US as Japan's largest overseas market.
China is also on the verge of overtaking Japan as the world's second largest economy.
I did not begin taking on the Chinese language because of the current Chinese boom. I have been interested in learning Chinese since the time I had a college roommate from Hong Kong. I am that way. I make a friend from another language-culture and I become interested in learning his language.
But of course, if the current attention that China is receiving, turns your attention toward China and develops an interest in learning Chinese, I don't see anything wrong with that. We would hardly know anything about distant cultures/lands/languages if there wasn't something to bring our attention to it.
China is VERY big. Japan is very small. If a small nation with few resources like Japan could ever become the second largest economy in the world, then I don't see why the rise of China should be seen by some as hype. When people try to snub their nose at what is happening for China, it strikes me as some kind of superiority complex.
I could go on ranting, but what would be the point?