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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 15 2012: China, the next hegemon? Very interesting indeed. As what I can tell from some history, hegemons in the past emerged from others' who have failed, whose dollar weakened considerably, whose economy failed etc. Wars took place. People are learning how to manage relationships with the Chinese... there would be another revolution if every one was to adopt China's order...
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      Aug 16 2012: China is an old culture but at the same time it's a young 21st century culture barely 50 years old in industry terms,what order could china bestowe upon the world? Revolution? What revolution? What's there to change?

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