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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 12 2012: If any American is concerned about China being a superpower the simple solution would be to use our American dollars to buy up the Chinese businesses and real estate .. and thus control.

    I believe the average personal wage in China is approx. $130 a month!

    So what are we waiting for?
    • Aug 12 2012: Well, if you look at the reality its the chines are buying up American businesses. example, AMC theaters yes its chines owned.

      + you know how hard its to run a business in law less country (communist). Ask Google.
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        Aug 14 2012: They got laws... they just tend to change em at will :P
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      Aug 13 2012: actually $656 a month according to the latest reseach by ILO in 2011, which is the 57th out of 75. I know that China was fall behind, but it is developping. Everything will be better and China will be great. I do believe.
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      Aug 16 2012: My dear, they beat you to that....China holds US treasury bills, notes and bonds for America`s debt. The strategy is not to beat them but join them, because many countries are turning East...

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