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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 14 2012: 1._No. The age of independent "super-powers" is past. Our economies are far too intertwined for that to have real meaning below a superficial level of perception. China holds too much of our debt, we hold too much of their food supply, and on and on.
    2._However, the us-versus-them mentality of "super-powers" will continue to be inflated by politicians and spoon fed to the public by the media machine in an effort to drive production and profit. America learned all too well how valuable the cold war mindset was as a whip of fear.
    3._Why, oh why aren't we learning Chinese in our schools? And HIndi? And Arabic?

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