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Many influential storytellers dream that economies of nations such as Brazil, Russia, India, and (particularly) China are very- or at least sufficiently- independent of America and other so-called advanced realms. Moreover, the BRIC territories supposedly possess enough power not merely to sustain adequate domestic growth, but also- at least collectively- to help drive the overall world economy significantly forward.

However, this endearing fantasy regarding the house of BRICs confronts substantial real practical barriers. Audiences should not have faith in a tempting doctrine of BRIC independence and almost endless and inevitable strength. The BRIC fraternity and numerous other developing regions indeed have built and continue to construct growing economies. Yet as the recent worldwide economic crisis that emerged in 2007 demonstrates, awful problems in a major developed nation such as the United States can spread rapidly and deeply around the world. As this is so, noteworthy troubles in the BRICs or elsewhere can affect advanced nations significantly.

Slowdowns in advanced nations probably will help to cut- and by more than a little bit- individual and collective BRIC growth relative to the sunny IMF predictions.
If the fiscal and banking crisis related to the European periphery can spread through Europe and around the world, so can the unearthing and spread of a significant problem in a nation as crucial as China. China is no house of cards, but its deck does not hold only aces.

Prior to the financial fires that began burning more visibly in 2007, how many players, regulators, or armchair quarterbacks declared that the US housing boom was likely to suffer an unhappy ending? Is China’s local government debt only a local problem?

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The House of BRICs (The Money Jungle, Part Six)