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Why are Chinese people so obsesssed with being No.1? I have been to many other developing countries in the world and I don't see them claiming they will be "No.1" soon. It smacks of both arrogance and insecurity. It is arrogant because Chinese feel that they are really superior to the rest of the world, and that the current poor state of the country is only due to external factors, not internal - i.e. you blame everybody except yourselves. It smacks of insecurity because you judge your value only in relation to the status of others, and their ranking with you. This is a sign of poor self-esteeem at a deep level. The true measure of your worth as a nation and people has nothing to do with how you measure up against anybody else.|
The most important consideration is how you would define or measure "No.1". Your govt. has shoved the idea of shallow economic indicators like gross GDP and % growth per annum as being the criteria for determining the progress of society. These statistics are very misleading. Without a deeper appreciation for what they mean, the label "No. 1" is pointless. What is the point of having the highest gross GDP when much of it is coming from foreign investment and is leaving the country; and the Chinese part is being hoarded in illegal banks and off-shore accounts of a few rich Chinese people? - while the rest of the nation is made up of factory workers, sanlunche drivers, prostitutes and beggers?
What about talking about China as progressing in terms of freedom of information, freedom of expression, human rights, social welfare, access to education, health care, deomocracy, human politeness, personal hygiene, spiritual and emotional maturity etc? In all these aras China is so far behind the word's developed nations that it may never catch up.
You will never catch up if all you care about is a statistic called gross GDP. You have nearly a quarter of the world's people. So having the highest gross GPD is hardly cause for celebration. If you look at average wages, you are 45 times poorer than the United States, and 27 times poorer than Austrlia. But of course you don't want to talk about THIS statistic because it tells you something you don't want to acknowlwdge: that China is still, on average a VERY poor nation; made up of a few rich people and a billion people who are poor by any measure.
My point: Start talking quality of life and being "rich" in a more broad sense of the term. Your obsession with gross GDP and being "No. 1" will only take you further away from a "prosperous" China in any worthwhile sesne of the word.