Nearly half of Americans in a recent poll believe China has surpassed America as having the strongest economy in the world, and more than half blame outsourcing and the loss of manufacturing jobs for the shift.
The world economy is poised for more of the same in 2011 -- booming growth in China, India and Brazil, and a sluggish crawl in the U.S. and much of the rest of the developed world. Here are the five most important factors driving expectations for sluggish economic growth in the U.S.:
Mining company Rio Tinto (RIO) produced record quantities of iron ore in the third quarter on rampant demand from China.
The company produced a whopped a 47.6 million tons of iron ore in the three months to September, BBC News said.