A couple of years ago, I saw the results of a poll. The polling company asked residents of the United States and of Communist China, "What is the best economic system?"
In the United States, 73% of the respondents said "the free enterprise system."
In Communist China, 74% of the respondents said "the free enterprise system."
Based on that, it is my opinion that with the present Communistic military dictatorship in control of mainland China, mainland China will continue to lag behind the United States both economically and militarily. However, it is also my opinion that if mainland China ever becomes truly democratic, that mainland China will adopt the free enterprise system and pull ahead of the United States. The Lord has blessed the United States with dim-witted rivals up until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Hopefully, we will continue to pull ahead well into the twenty-first century.