Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Perseus, in Far East, you mean the Chinese.
I think this applies to a large number of 'Tiger economy' states, but mainly China in terms of population.
Japan, South Korea emerged some time ago. From what? no great sources of energy or mineral wealth unlike Europe and America, they had to do it from sheer effort and brainpower. What happens when China achieves the same level of production per capita? That is if there are enough raw materials to go around and it doesn't cause an environmental disaster in the process, a big if admittedly.