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China’s Development as a World Power

Ye Zicheng, Guoli Liu and Steven I. Levine

in Inside China’s Grand Strategy

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126456
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135465 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126456.003.0002
China’s Development as a World Power

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Following the revival of China, four kinds of objections have been raised to the idea of it becoming a world power. The first is the elephant mentality, which holds that it is unrealistic to believe that China can achieve its objective of becoming a world power. The second is the theory of natural growth. The crucial point is that China needs to develop and its status as a world power will follow naturally. The third one is the theory that conditions are lacking. The fourth one is the theory that China will collapse. This chapter argues that none of these viewpoints stands up to scrutiny. Rather, China possesses both the objective conditions and the historical prerequisites necessary to become a world power. The goals of building China into a prosperous, strong, and democratic country and China's revival into a peaceful country are strategic and they can unite and inspire all Chinese for the next fifty years.

Keywords: China's revival; world power; globalization; elephant mentality; natural growth

Chapter.  25165 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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