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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 12 2012: There is an old proverb, Childhood is the dawn of a man, assuming that China has shown phenomenal progress in his childhood, Surely is on his path to become the superpower of tomorrow. Wheel of time is spinning, like for America it was over three hundred years of evolution/revolution/conflict and conclusively after many ups and downs turned out to be a super power today's world. Where as China has skipped the journey to become a superpower by at least two centuries, quickly acquiring and adopting the fast pace of development.(We are not debating on how that technological aspects were resourced in the first place which make China what it is toady-A great World Power)Assuming that our above hypothesis is correct what we can be sure of that if today their Economy is 2nd to US then in 10 Years down the line Chinese will be standing out of the Pack as the superpower of the world.

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