The Last Years of America's Historic GDP Reign

Laborers work on the terminal as construction is under way at the new Hefei Xinqiao airport and its four runways in Hefei in China's Anhui province Photograph by AFP/Getty Images

If the International Monetary Fund is right, in a mere four years the U.S. will no longer be the world’s largest economy. By 2016, the People’s Republic of China’s total economic output will eclipse that of the U.S. Should this prediction prove true, Americans will see their nation knocked off a pedestal it has occupied for so long that holding any other place has become simply unimaginable.

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