It has become the the world's third-largest trading power, the biggest acquirer of foreign public debt and has been hailed the new super power marching its way to world domination.
But if the models marching down the catwalk in China are anything to go by, loss of economic control won't be the only domination the west will have to worry about.
Designers of the future showed off their collections at a graduation show during Fashion Week sporting the impractical, the hideous and the downright bizarre.
One thing is for sure though,the graduates of Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology have a vision - and although it doesn't necessarily include being able to see where you are going, it appears punctuality is paramount.
Sporting a clock-inspired all-in-one, you will never again be late for dinner, miss that all important meeting, or have to stop and ask for the time - because you will be wearing it.
Other designs at China Fashion Week in Beijing featured monochrome, geometric shapes and Darth Vader chic.
If you are unsure of what to do with a leftover Santa outfit this Christmas, the beard would make a good alternative to growing your locks.
The bi-annual fashion extravaganza showcases China's fashion houses and their latest collections to buyers all over the world.