The Chinese Century will be abortive.
A lot of people are convinced that the coming century will be shaped by China’s pre-eminence. I am less convinced. 
I think the sources of current Chinese vigour will run out sooner than people think. Wages are already seriously starting to rise because China is starting to run out of peasants, which puts its current growth model in serious peril.
Add to that the fact that “[i]n 2015, China’s working population below the age of 65 will begin to shrink. Meanwhile, the number of people over 65 will be rising to 300 million by 2050, a threefold increase.” Demography is Destiny after all.
Secondly, I think that Democracies perform better than autocracies.
In short, Democratic counties are better at dealing with external shocks and at maintaining stable economies, in the long run this matters more as to who is successful. India has many institutions, like Parliamentary Democracy, a loyal opposition and recourse to the law, which are lacking or underdeveloped in China. If this is added to the fact that China is more vulnerable than India to internal and external shocks then we can see that the fate of the world remains, thankfully, democratic.
Lastly, I think the idea that a country can have momentum foolish, there has been a Divergence, Big Time in income since the start of the 19th Century.
I think that future Chinese growth is by no means assured by their current explosive performance. Successful countries and regions can screw up. People used to say “as rich as an Argentine”, now Argentina is a country best known for nearly bringing down the world financial system… twice. I predict China will get to about Turkey’s per capita income and then find things get really difficult if it is not waylaid by an internal or external crisis first.
So, China will stumble, not necessarily fall, but it will pull up its poor more slowly and have a much harder time turning its size into geopolitical clout than is assumed: No Chinese Century.
Luckily, by the end of the century, I will be dead and our new Chinese Overlords will be unable to punish me for my insolence.
So what are your outlandish predictions? 
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 A Pacific Century focussed around the India/China and America’s Pacific Coast I can see.
 No you can’t have the imminent coming of a Socialist Utopia, someone has already claimed that.