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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: There are serious implications for the rest of the world, especially the Non-Chinese.

    China is becoming aggressive with its neighbors, just google the spratly island issues, consider how Tibetians are treated. There are public demonstrations in Vietham and Loas against China and its policies. China supports Pakistan and has blocked many UN resolutions that could prevent war in Central Asia- the Syria issue.

    My experience with the Chinese in South East Asia (i.e Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia) is that they are a narrow minded group with strong clannish policies. They appear to have a false notion of the superiority of their race, and assume that they are better workers then the rest. They use language as a barrier to prevent entry of Non-Chinese into their firms. I shall stop here, least I be called racist.

    You should be worried about the rise of China!
    • Aug 15 2012: I'm Malaysian Chinese and have always adopted a broader mind but never realised until this year, I feel much happier and much less frustrated. I agree with you, it is frustrating to work with narrow-minded people. I honestly think that people who are successful, whether Chinese of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia origin have great minds. Perhaps you just haven't met one worthy your time yet!

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