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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 16 2012: The Internet never ceases to amaze me , here I am , a young adult from Romania talking to a beautiful Kenyan woman.
    As far as I am concerned China and Russia are on the wrong side of history , you can not influence the world in the long run if you have social or freedom issues. On a large scale good always prevails.If you are a super military power or super monetary power is not enough , you have to be culturally as well , otherwise the vast majority will always tend to disagree with you. The internet is a very important tool , you can not fool people anymore.
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      Aug 17 2012: I agree with you, but "The internet is a very important tool , you can not fool people anymore." is not true.... in Russia and China there is law that regulates Internet. So, most of western web sites such as news (adn.com), entertainment (YouTube), and social network (Facebook) are blocked in China. Can't say about Russia yet, they just recently passed this law in there.
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      Aug 17 2012: Dear Radu,

      I 100 % agree with you, especially when it comes to your comments about culture, and I'm not one to agree all too easily.

      Well done.

      As for Alexander, yes there is internet censorship but this can be tackled in the long run with new platforms and servers that suit the demands of a global population that is not longer in demand of pornography and online pharmaceutical retail.

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