The Vatican, the Jewish groups and the China are said to be global economic firepowers. Each of these groups are influential globally in their own areas.
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is said to be the largest bank in the world. in terms of lending and deposits. China Construction Bank Corporation, Agricultural Bank of China and the Bank of China also rank within the top 30 banks in the world.
China's car industry is also said to be the next major player in the world. Apparently, Japan no longer considers Malaysia's car market of any significance and this may lead to more cars coming from China to Malaysia - that too if the market volume is considered as commerically viable for China. The businessman who has business dealings with China, UK and other parts of the world predicts that the world economy will be completely different in five years from now with China being the major economic player in the world.
As to Malaysia, the consensus reached was that there will continue to be a major brain drain from the country. Malaysia is said to be regressing behind neighbouring countries like Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and even relatively Vietnam. The recurring theme was the lack of competitive spirit and competence among the Malaysian businessmen and industry players. If this is true, then we have failed all these years to cultivate a competent industrial and business culture.
I have been hearing too many negative things being said about Malayisan business competency and this needs to be addressed. However, our country's politics seems to be too engrossed with sensational, trivial and nonsensical issues and news which have no bearing on the general welfare of the Nation.
I hope Malaysians have not become too full of themselves or "syok sendiri" until we do not realise that globally, we may be considered as totally insignificant.