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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 11 2012: this issue has much talked but never be carefully studied.most researchers give statistical evidence to convince us that China is/will be the super power in the world. it is maybe true that China will surpass U.S as the biggest economic entity soon(2017?).But if you have chance,please visit China once you can, not to the famous cities like Shanghai,Beijing and Guangzhou,but to places in the hinterlands in western China.You may find the answer that China is not a uniformed country but consists of many "countries",the stuff is that the diversity of Chinese development is so awesome! and the same dynamic of Chinese economy growth is the low profile officials want to be higher ones only by higher rate of GDP. By the way,local people,the ordinary Chinese do not care the so called "super power" or "hegemony", they care their own welfare only.
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      Aug 16 2012: Thank you for your response Alex. I agree with you. China rise (at least how its portrayed) rides on the waves of its big cities. Little attention is given to the hinterlands as you put it more so because of the controls the government has placed on its people and various outlets including the media. But social media, as we have witnessed is changing all that. The question then becomes can a state become a super power with a majority poor.

      China offers great challenges. The population is so big that the poor can form a continent by themselves. This makes the GDP per capita less than the developed nations. But am sure if we were to remove the poor, China will surpass many of the richest country, but this is only a wish mentality because in rel life you can`t do that.
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        Aug 16 2012: I agree that China offers great challenges.You what most be talked now China’s economy?It is the debt of local government(not the provinces but town and Xian,Xian is a the level of government form below the Province but above the town)those local governments made so many projects that they cannot afford,so they borrowed money from Banks,and the Banks are established by the central government! so ,China's economical crisis is on the way.

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