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Lillian Bogonko

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Can China really become a super power, or will it remain a great power among other great powers?

We have read numerous articles and statistics that indicate the rising power that is China. As an emerging economy among the BRICs, China is seen as a leader in the pack and with the number two economy, well placed to replace the US as a world hegemon.

I however wonder how much of a super power if any China can be? John Inkberry has written about the western liberal order and how it has penetrated every inch of our societies and culture. As a result many have found themselves having to preserve their cultures because the western liberal culture is very strong. Inkberry argues that China will have to find it`s influence within this set up, because it will be very hard to alter it (the western liberal order).

Is this the case? Can China become a super power in the current global order or will it have to dispose of it and come up with a different type of order or will it simply become part of the order and influence global events among other powers?

What does the future of China look like in the present western liberal order?


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    Aug 10 2012: Is there any such thing as superpower and how do you define that?
    • Aug 11 2012: a high percentage of the world relies on you for their income/protection.............
    • Aug 11 2012: as well as highly disciplined youth
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      Aug 11 2012: "The United States government spends more money on "defense" than the next 26 countries combined... 25 of whom, are allies"

      Aaron Sorkin, via Jeff Daniels, in HBO's "The Newsroom"

      100% fact
    • Aug 12 2012: Ehis, in the western world everything is defined by the currency and power to create pressure on anyone in the world at anytime.

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