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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 13 2012: A lot of our society today assumes that China is going to be the leading power. However, the truth might not be what exactly people think. Today the USA imports around 16.1% overall from China, very large percentage. That tells us that China is mostly relaying on the US for exporting their not only products but also services. Therefore, China is just a simple landscape of cheap workers and no taxes that American companies take over for business. You see if America would stop importing from China and all the US companies and manufactories would go back to the USA, China will surely be at the end of the list of countries with super powers.
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      Aug 14 2012: http://youtu.be/OF37qHLH76s

      Let's talk facts.
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      Aug 16 2012: Not quite Ahmed. China has penetrated Latin America and Africa and is working it`s way in Asia. So am sure even if the US stopped, they`d reinvent themselves. One thing we need to understand, China mostly manufactures for export. Imagine if they concentrated homegrown with the i billion people they have. I think they are sitting on a Goldmine.

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