As the old Avis rental car slogan used to say: "When you're No. 2, you try harder."
With the growth rates that its economy has turned in the past few years, no economist could ever accuse China's leader of not trying hard. China now claims to have jumped over Japan to take over the No. 2 spot in the world economic pecking order.
China's next target: The No. 1 U.S. economy.
In fact, some experts believe that China could catch up to the United States' $14.4 trillion economy in as little as 10 to 15 years.