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Is China the world's top economic superpower?

April 27th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

The axis of the automotive world has shifted east.

How powerful has China become?

How powerful has China become?

Forget Detroit and the troubles that have beleaguered U.S. automakers. While the global auto market has contracted through the financial crisis, vehicle sales in China have soared - with Chinese sales eclipsing the U.S. as the world's top auto market for the first time.

The importance of China to global automakers is evident at Auto China 2010 in Beijing. The show, which runs through May 2, is the stage from which automakers from Japan, North America, Europe and China have unveiled 89 new models.

The World Bank has also just agreed to increase the voting power of China, giving it more clout than the major European powers like Germany, France and the United Kingdom individually.

In terms of voting power, China has a 4.42 percent, just behind the United States and Japan.

While many western countries struggle to recover after the recession, China has been able to continually post startling growth rates.

Early last year, China posted a gross domestic product growth of 8.7 percent.

We want to know what you think.

Has China become the world's main economic superpower?

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