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China is at the center of the global trade map

China is at the center of the global trade map

Most maps you see in this country put the Atlantic Ocean at their center, with North America and Europe just off center stage. Asia is on a periphery.

My favorite map looks different. It puts China, not the Atlantic, at the center of the world.

That reflects reality. In 2014, China became the largest economy on the planet, if you calculate Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in purchasing-power parities; in other words, by measuring the production of final goods and services with a common system of international prices. China's new role as global superpower was celebrated with little fanfare. But it's the source of many of the global economy's recent shifts and shocks. My favorite...

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