We have seen beyond any rational doubt that the global economy is "unbalanced". In fact, "balance" in the sense of a permanently fixed state of affairs has always been an illusion. The axis of global trade has performed a "complete 360" – in a world that we see as "new", the so-called "emerging" powers and economies are the same ones that initiated global trade centuries earlier.
The Big Difference today is that we now have "instant globalisation". Processes and trends that used to take a thousand years can now happen in well under a thousand days.