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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: In my opinion China never really stopped being a superpower. Over the centuries, it has withstood numerous attempts on its sovereignty, none of which were very successful even when China was at its weakest, and in the twentieth century it was a major player in cold war politics. Interestingly, the US was primarily focused on the Soviet Union at the time. Perhaps China was too hard a target.

    At present, China owns a massive amount of United States debt and is such a contributor to trade around the world, that it would not be difficult to argue that China is now the #1 superpower. Add to that their nuclear capabilities and their massive military machine and the argument becomes even easier...

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