According to the media, China became the world's largest exporter and dethroned Germany.
Read : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8450434.stm.
On previous occasions I explained what I think about Chinese statistics : more often than not they serve propaganda purposes rather than truth. But we have no other statistics to check them off with (no one in his right mind is going to add up Chinese imports in all countries all over the world - I think) and sooner or later it had to happen anyway.
The political and economic focus of the world moved from Africa (first humans) to the Middle East, then to Europe, then to North America : now it is China's turn. Asia had fantastic civilisations long before the West had, but they never dominated the world, as the West did.
When one considers the profound changes which each of these moves brought, one wonders what the world will look like in the not too distant future.
Two exemples : universal human rights and democracy are western inventions. Will they survive ?