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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: well, i think the west will still have it's huge influence all over the world. but still, china will emerge as a superpower WITHOUT having the need to spread it's influence. cause they have the largest population in the world, and they can stay on their own and are completely self sufficient. the western countries show ten times more than what they achieve, whereas china shows a lot less than what they have achieved. they have always been like that, and will be the next superpower by continuing to be like that. and if you think of it in another concept, then it's like... china is the dragon. and the nature of the dragon is that you will always end up underestimating it, it wont look like much. infact it will look like nothing at all. but in the end, he will surprise you with the great things he's capable of.
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      Aug 16 2012: The US will remain a player because of how it`s principles have penetrated many institutions and countries. The liberal ideology that is synonymous with the West (America) will be hard to change. China will have to find it`s way within the system as it will be impossible to change it and China knows this.

      They have shown they can adapt to it by joining WTO and other institutions but above all by embracing capitalism ...to some degree. I think what we`re witnessing is a new type of governance structure in the international system that is multi-polar, where many powerful states are balancing each other out.
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        Aug 17 2012: Just so you know... America, is not historically liberal... at all. Liberalism is a European thing, we went to war over aristocracy, inherited wealth, and government controlled economies. America is a society built on rugged individualism. Liberalism, is doing us no favors.

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