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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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    jing du

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    Aug 15 2012: as an ordinary chinese girl ,i should say,we don't care about the superpower blahblah.we just care about suviving ,and we want to own what you've already owned...:)
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      Aug 16 2012: Owning what America has already owned....does that include its position in the international system?
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        jing du

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        Aug 16 2012: as an individual,chinese likes to get what american people already have got...clean air ,safe food, freedom , big houses ,oppotunities,and money... chinese are of realism. nowadays we are all scolding our system of government on the internet.we don't like it.however nobody can change it now.

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