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The World Ahead

Data show global power shift, youth emergence and warming threat

Economic reliance on China rises, Gen Z gains clout and disaster damage surges

The impact of natural disasters, increasing economic reliance on China and the rising consumer clout of Generation Z are all backed up by data. (Source photos by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- We are now in an age when the world's balance of power is undergoing dramatic change. An examination of data covering five themes that symbolize recent years reveals such developments as the rise of China as a superpower and the limits of democracy. As the international community faces challenges, a new generation is gaining influence. Their ability to resolve such issues as global warming through decisive action will be tested.

The world becomes more dependent on China

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