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China as an Emerging Superpower
A comprehensive analysis and discussion on whether China will attain superpower status.
# 152446 | 11,566 words | 40 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 13, 2013 in International Relations (U.S.) , Economics (National) , Asian Studies (General)

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This paper begins by discussing America's demise as a world power and then looks at reasons supporting the idea of China as an emerging superpower, as well as the views of those who do not believe that China can attain that type of status. The paper explores China's population, geography, military, political influence, economy, technology, culture, education and human rights, and presents a discussion on the current world power paradigm. Finally, in conclusion, the paper considers why it is important for us to determine whether or not China is poised to become a superpower.


From the Paper:

"The concept of a country as a superpower is one that is rarely discussed at length. Certain countries, such as the United States and the former Soviet Union are labeled superpowers, but there is very little discussion of what it means to be a superpower. The Cold War demonstrates that military might has something to do with a country being labeled a superpower, but military strength alone is insufficient to earn a country superpower status. Instead, being a superpower seems linked to an almost intangible combination of characteristics. Lyman Miller, a professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School defines a superpower as "a country that has the capacity to project dominating power and influence anywhere in the world, and sometimes, in more than one region of the globe at a time, and so may plausibly attain the status of global hegemon" (Miller). What this definition implies is that, while military might may be part of what makes a country a superpower; other factors are required to establish that status.
"The concept of the country as a superpower only became possible with the globalization of the world economy. Historically speaking, it would be tempting to describe ancient Rome or the empire of Alexander the Great as superpowers, but the reality is that, while their empires were vast, they did not have the power of projecting dominance and influence anywhere in the world."

Sample of Sources Used:

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