The world is changing very fast, and so are the people. It is a universal phenomenon that things change with the passage of time. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, things have been changing very rapidly. Technological advancements, economic shifts, and globalization are the most prominent changes of the new century. In the 20th century, the world experienced two terrible world wars and a long, horrible cold war. However, tech advancements since the beginning of the new century have united the world’s population in a digital world, changing the world’s dynamics. The U.S. remains the dominant power in the global landscape, but the unsuccessful invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have caused a lot of damage to the U.S. economy.
The scenario then shifted to China’s rise as a major player in the global economy. Since 2008, China has been overtaking the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, Russia has also become more involved in the global landscape. China and Russia have formed a strategic partnership that challenges the dominance of Western powers in global affairs. Currently, the Chinese economy is one of the most developed economies in the world, and it is also the fastest-growing economy in the world. The influence of the Chinese economy in the world, particularly in third-world countries, is significant. If the Chinese influence remains the same in the global landscape, there could be a brand new economic order. Besides the potential new economic order influenced by China, there are many other things that will change in the next one or two decades.
The greatest change of the upcoming decades would be the technological advancements. The tech world is advancing at a very high rate since the start of the new century. The invention of the smartphone was the biggest technological advancement in the 21st century. The arrival of advanced and fast internet has significantly changed things even more. Ease in communication is the most significant tech advancement, enabling people to connect with each other across vast distances.
The future of technology holds many more experiences to be had. A recent example of technological advancement is the arrival of advanced AI tools, which has garnered positive attention worldwide. The concept of AI is based on the idea that machines and computer systems can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. Over the next few decades, AI tools are expected to become even more advanced. Despite the positive role that AI can play, it also has the potential to have negative impacts, such as the displacement of millions of jobs as AI advances the future of the workforce. The other possible advancement in the tech industry could be the continued development and implementation of Internet of Things technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the concept of connecting everyday physical objects and devices to the internet. This technology has been advancing at a very high speed for the past few years and could improve the automation and efficiency of our daily life experiences.
On the political front, the world’s landscape is changing rapidly as a new global order emerges, shifting from the U.S. to China. China is establishing its position in global politics and economies. A recent example of China’s growing political influence is its role in facilitating peace talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia following years of diplomatic clashes. Following the peace talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Chinese officials have held discussions with Yemeni officials to help improve ties between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Chinese officials are collaborating with Russia to form a new strategic order in global affairs. During his recent trip to Russia, Xi Jinping offered to help Russia solve the Ukraine War. Since the beginning of the new century, China has been growing politically and economically, and some experts believe that it may soon rival the US and become the next superpower. If China were to defeat the US economically and politically, a new world order could emerge with China as its leader, and Russia as a partner in its supremacy.
Now it is up to Pakistan to clarify its position in the global landscape. Until now, we were busy maintaining ties with both China and the U.S., but now we have to clarify our position. Since most countries are currently interested in joining the Chinese order, Pakistan has to become a strategic partner of China geo-economically. For that purpose, our politicians need to be united and work towards the common goal of development. CPEC has the potential to boost our economy and improve our infrastructure, but we need to pay close attention to its implementation. Due to political instability, development work on CPEC was halted from 2017 to 2022 by the PTI government and their supporters. But now, the government has resumed work on the project, and recent reports indicate that China is looking to invest in more projects to strengthen CPEC. Imran Khan’s policies have had a negative impact on both Pakistan’s economy and political stability, leading some to compare him to Frankenstein’s Monster. The recent visit of COAS Gen Asim Munir to China could bring the two countries closer together in the journey towards development. If Pakistan grows together with China, it has the potential to become a more developed country in the upcoming decades.
The biggest problem of today’s modern world is climate change, and it has affected Pakistan very badly in the past year. We suffered from horrible floods last year, which damaged our already struggling economy and posed the challenge of defaulting. Climate change is rapidly altering our weather patterns and temperatures, resulting in unpredictable weather conditions and devastating floods. These floods have the potential to cause massive damage worldwide. Last year’s devastating floods were a clear example of climate change’s impact in the region. Pakistan faces not just one, but two challenges simultaneously: climate change and poor disaster management during emergency situations. If the current rate of climate change continues, it could lead to even more severe damage. Rising global temperatures are causing ocean levels to rise and glaciers to melt, which could result in the destruction of many major international coastal cities. Thousands of species are now endangered, and they could face even greater threats in the near future. It is crucial that we take serious steps to combat climate change.