If China were to be the new designated hegemon, then we'd see all the normal things start to happen. And, weirdly, for the first time in China's amazing history, we are seeing one of them:
PORKY Chinese soldiers have become too fat for their tanks - which were designed three decades ago, state media reported. A survey found People's Liberation Army troops have put on an average of 5cm (2inches) around the waist and 2cm (0.8inches) in height over the past two decades. As a result, they find it hard to squeeze into cramped tanks designed for smaller personnel. Rifle stocks are also too short for some, limiting their accuracy. The findings of the survey, which began in 2009 and included more than 20,000 soldiers, suggested upgrading the military's equipment. Ding Songtao, head of the poll project, said: "Equipment must be in the right size for the battlefield, as clothes have to be in everyday life." Obesity rates have almost doubled in China since 1980, according to a recent report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a London-based think tank....uh oh. Add in the Tibetan march on Beijing, a statue of some non-Chinese hero in the Forbidden City, a Genghis Khan memorial museum, and China could become the new U.S.A.
It's not just the increase in fat people, though. How many millions of dollars were stolen from the Chinese people to give to some vile vampires in London for a "survey" to tell them what hundreds of thousands of military members would already know firsthand? The sheer idiocy of wasting money on a scheme like that--one the need for which could only be contemplated after the problem had already been identified and understood by the people in command--speaks of exactly the kind of parasitic extraction that hit Europe, Russia, and then America, before and during their respective rises to hegemonic levels.
Perhaps China already has fallen. Perhaps the wheels are successfully in motion, the right party families have been combined with subtly anti-China genetics, and the future will see it all happen again, except in the oldest freestanding civilization on the planet. Decades of Chinese overseas peacekeeping, decades of yuan diplomacy, decades of an increasing fall into decadence, and then, finally, Chinese privilege conferences. And then benighted Chinese writers will claim, "It's just a cyclical thing that happens to all civilizations for no reason whatsoever, oh, what a mysterious world it is!"