China's strengths get relentless coverage, its headwinds less so.

We all know China's strengths: hard-working populace, high savings rate, a so-far wildly successful marriage of Central State-managed economy and several flavors of capitalism and a lock on much of the world's rare industrial metals, to name but a few.

But China faces structural and demographic headwinds which could slow or even reverse its prospects as a global hegemon.

1. The rise of the labor movement. Strikes at Honda