It’s the economy, stupid

Nine photos that foretell the rise of two world powers – China and India

While global politics take a backseat, both China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi are meeting CEOs of US tech/Fortune-500 firms during their visit to US this month for UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) session.

Here are nine photos that show how priorities of world powers are changing.

US firms CEOs with Xi

1 China’s President Xi Jinping meeting US CEOs. Companies represented in this photo have a combined market cap of $2.5 trillion.

China’s world-reshaping One Belt, One Road (OBOR)

VIDEO: An economic history of the world in 1 minute. Source: The Economist

Pakistan’s place in 2050: Wali on The Pakistan 2050 Opportunity

PM Narendra Modi interacting with some of the Fortune 500 CEOs in a special event in New York

2 India’s PM Narendra Modi interacting with some of the Fortune-500 CEOs in a special event in New York.

PM Modi in meeting with CEOs Google, Microsoft and other Tech giants

3 India’s PM Modi in meeting with CEOs of Google, Microsoft and other tech giants.

Modi with Google founders and CEOs

4 Modi with founders and CEO of Google at their Santa Clara County, California, headquarters.

Modi with Facebook CEO

5 Modi with Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg at their Menlo Park, California, headquarters


6 It was last year (2014) when China crossed US as world’s No 1 economy on GDP (PPP terms). India is No 3. Updated 2016. Source: IMF World Outlook

See: How China overtakes the US economy

Global economic growth is more reliant on 3 countries - China, USA and India

7 Global economic growth is now more reliant on just three countries – China, USA and India. Source: The Economist

India overtakes China & US as world's top FDI destination

8 India overtakes China & US as world’s top FDI destination. $31 billion in first half of 2015. Means $1.2 billion every week. Total India FDI in 2015: $63 billion. Source: Financial Times

World economies in 2050

9 In 2050, China is world’s No 1 economy and India is No 3 by GDP, according to Goldman Sachs. Source: BBC

PS: Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif also visited New York for UNGA 2015 session. The only high-profile meeting reported was with Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft. It was to seek Gates Foundation’s support for polio eradication program in Pakistan, and not for business opportunities.

Result: Total Pakistan FDI in 2015: <$1 billion

PPS: September 2016: PM Nawaz Sharif is visiting New York for UNGA 2016 session. I produced this video message for him:

VIDEO: Pakistan at UNGA 2016 | Are our priorities right?

See also on this blog:


What the world will be like in year 2100

Pakistan is now world’s 40th largest economy

Africa: Nigeria largest economy, China largest single trading partner

Total fertility rate falling in world; rising in Africa, Pakistan

Pakistanis to have shorter lives as the world will live longer

Number of nuclear warheads down worldwide, up in S Asia

2050: What if cities ruled the world?

The 2050 world through Wali’s eyes: Urdu Digest interview


With a parade, China announces itself as the next superpower: TIME

The World Bank, meet your challenger: China-led AIIB

Xi Jinping: most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong

China gets highest approval from Pakistanis, Africans as world leader


Work on India’s first $15B bullet train starts in 2 years

Key reforms facing PM Modi’s government

Small change, big impact: Modi’s reforms

A bit on Pakistan, too:

Wali on The Pakistan 2050 Opportunity

Wali on Pakistan of future

$46B China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: 15 years, 3 routes, 51 projects

A miracle: Pakistan score in Long Term Orientation goes from Zero to 50

Pakistan is the world’s fastest-growing Muslim economy: The Economist

Forbes calls Pakistan the next Colombia success story, asks US to see beyond security lens

Pakistan to upgrade to emerging-market status


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