Date registered: Feb 2005
Vehicle: 1989 W201.029/M103 3.0
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RE: How will China and India handle technological superiority?
I can only speak on behalf of military technologies between nations, with which I am familiar and use them as a measure of applicable industrial tooling capabilities.
China's technological development programmes generally start by buying outdated Russian equipment, contracting local manufacture of detuned export models and then developing the technology to a more contemporary application variant.
Hardly keeps up with independant R&D development, associated technological leaps and production manufacture.
China's military technology is generally speaking about 30 years behind the superpowers. What they can do however, is make lots and lots of anything. And a couple of thousand 70's MiGs plus a couple of hundred Su-27 Flankers filling the skies is scary in anybody's language.
Will they suddenly outstrip the world in technological achievement? Not likely in the near future, in any real world sense of actual physical outlay en masse. Too expensive, too long in getting from paper to the factory to the equipment stores. The USSR tried that against NATO and desintegrated economically to do so.
But they did it, and the last death-throes of the Russian military is at least as good as any 21st century US stealth equipment. Different (rearward facing radar, phenominal flight performance, Mach 3 rated engines, etc.), but at least as good.
India is like a very, very, very big version of somewhere like Australia in military technological terms (often the cutting edge of local manufacture possibilities). They assemble 80's MiGs and SEPECAT Jaguars under licence from Russia and the UK, buy heaps of export MiGs of all descriptions, from 60's Mach ~3 Foxbats to 90's vintage MiG-29 Fulcrum-A early variants (the Fulcrum is rated by the top pilots as *the* dogfighting combat aircraft to want).
India is one of those other countries that can field literally thousands of fighter and attack aircraft.
But in terms of individuals from either of those countries, oh yeah, look out! Due to various cultural/economical differences either is a very competitive environment. Whilst apparently in your average, democratic, "developed" nation, you might be a little hard struck if you had a 150 IQ but needed a stranger to do something for you to establish your independant self, in somewhere like China or India you can get incarcerated for having the wrong kind of ideas or sacrificed to Kali to make someone who likes cobras more blessed...and if it doesn't happen in a major city the local police are too overworked to even bother investigating (National Geographic article, "the worshippers of Kali" pub. circa 2003).
An Indian physicist by the name of Chandrasekhar predicted Neutron stars and set the ground work for the theories on Black Holes. Apparently he came up with the math whilst travelling abroad to attend a world class (Harvard? Cambridge? something like that) university from his home country. He was 23 I think.
So no, underestimate nobody. Complacency leads almost immediately to mistakes.
But yes, the majority of all people in every country are not inspired for various reasons. Careful not to confuse an average American with an exceptional Indian or Chinese. Nor the other way around, most Chinese and Indians can be just as ignorant, arrogant, bigoted and generally abusive of pretty much anything at all. It can only be chalked up to human nature, it's only offset lay in personally selecting appropriate cultural/political emphasis for one's self.
And saving the money to emmigrate there.
driving a fast car should feel like falling off a building.