US 'first among equals' in 2030
- Published: 10 Dec 2012 at 21.58
- Online news:
The United States will likely be the "first among equals'' in 2030 in an increasingly chaotic world where China is the top economy and demand soars for resources, a US intelligence report said Monday.
The National Intelligence Council, in its first assessment in four years aimed at shaping US strategic thinking, said that China will surpass the United States as the largest economy in the 2020s, in line with independent forecasts.
But the study said that the United States, while weaker, will likely stay the top player in two decades thanks to its role in resolving global crises, its technological prowess and its "soft power'' that attracts outsiders.
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