Who Has the World’s No. 1 Economy? Not the U.S.

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By the most measures, China has passed the U.S. and is pulling away.

What’s the most powerful country in the world? There’s a good case to be made that it’s China.

There are many kinds of power — diplomatic, cultural, military and economic. So an easier question to ask is: What’s the world’s largest economy? That’s almost certainly China.

Many might protest when hearing this. After all, the U.S. still produces the most when measured at market exchange rates:

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