Well, it's been on the horizon for a while, but no one has been game to really say it out loud, and China have been sitting back slowly, slowly developing their economic, political and military strength.
I have been a student of Military Strategic Studies for the past 15 years and now it seems The Dragon truely awakens.
It's China who are now starting to dictate international policy and are convening the Asian nations to find a solution to the Iran crisis. Obviously the good old US of A can't do it. The start of the end for the US!
Look out for China developing a capable blue water naval fleet, or developing big naval bases in Myanmar with logistic routes through to the mainland. Look for strategic alliances with nations that need their support like Nth Korea, Pakistan, and Russia.
We are about to witness a change in the balance of power across the world, where China takes over in the next 20 years. They will no longer depend on sending cheap stuff overseas for their development as over 1.5 billion people will be self sustaining and move back to being where they were before WWI.
They will regain their status as the most powerful country on the planet, Pending Birdflu!