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Is China a Great Power?

This essay examines why China is not considered one of the Great Powers in the world today.
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  China as a Great Power By Alexandra Magonet To: Mr. President From: Alexandra Magonet, National Security Advisor Date: Sunday, January 5, 2014 Subject: China’s Potential as a Great Power   As it has come to my attention, China currently does not have significant potential to become a rival Great Power to the United States in the near-term future. Presently, China is still a poor country. In 2005, China’s GDP per head was $1,700, compared wi th $42,000 per head in the United States. China has become an important trading partner although it is ranked behind many other major trading economies, ranking 9 th  overall. As for the next several years, China is not close to becoming a world financial center. Annually, riots and protests are increasing and corruption seems to be becoming routine. Withal, China has used its position as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council to abate solutions intended to influence the Sudanese government to cease the ethnic massacre in Darfur. Additionally, China is a great harm to the environment and its supply of clean water is proving to be scarce. With China struggling to maintain stability in its society and economy, international affairs seem to be taking a back seat. As a result, I do not believe that in the next several years, China will become a Great Power. However, when looking further into the future, I do believe that China has substantial potential to be a rival Great Power to the United States. In order for China to  be considered as a Great Power, it must have the ability to possess military and economic strength as well as diplomatic influence. Currently, China has 1,400 soldiers serving in U.N. peacekeeping missions globally. In the following several years, China plans to expand and develop its peacekeeping role in the United Nations. In the year 2000, China only deployed approximately 100 peacekeepers. Since then, China has greatly increased its peacekeepers by 20-folds and will continue to do so over a long period of time. Along with the United Nations peacekeeping soldiers, China’s military is the world’s largest, with a strength of over two million citizens. The Chinese military is equipped with advanced and sophisticated weaponry and military technology. With the 15.6% average annual growth in China’s defense budget, by the early 2030’s, China is expected to spend equal amount on defense as the United States, proving their military strength. China’s economic growth rates are approximately 10% each year. By the year 2031, China’s p rojected income per person is expected to reach $38,000 per capita versus the current $6,091 per capita annually. By the 2030’s,  China is forecasted to hold an 18% share of global economic power, allowing China to hold the number one position over the United States’ forecast of global economic power to be a mere 10%. It is also expected that in the long-term, China will have greater diplomatic influence. By early the 2030’s, China is likely to assert greater influence in the development of existing institutions and the creation of any new institutions. Its  combination of authoritarian government, powerful national development and economic  power may help developing countries negate the pressures they feel from leading western governments to follow a certain liberal capitalist model. With China military, economic, and political strength, I believe that by the year 2031 , China will be one of the worlds’ Great Powers. Over the course of the next two decades, China and the United States are likely to  be extremely competitive and suspicious with each other. First of all, China is looking to dominate militarily. As of now, the United States spends more money on national defense  but by the early 2030’s, China will be spending an equal amount  and will wish to outperform the United States’ military. Another issue that China and the United States will likely face is the military progress in Taiwan. The Chinese military continues to  position forces along the coast, while the United States continues to sell firearms to Taiwan. The conflict of interest will very likely lead to warfare and more turmoil for the two parties. Additiona lly, China’s commitment to nonintervention has raised wariness with the United States. With China believing that interfering in another nation’s internal affairs are wrong, it is rather hard for the United States to share similar views. I recommend that the United States and China engage in a strategic dialogue in which current military objectives, specific territorial, economic, and political issues can  be discussed. This will allow for both parties to confront the issues that are driving the two countries apart. I would also recommend that both parties strengthen their military connection to each other. A solid military link will resolve the mistrust and suspicion each party has. Furthermore, I would recommend that in order to resolve the conflict of interest in Taiwan, the United States should reconsider its current strategy and discuss with China how both countries can reach a consensus. Lastly, both countries should expand their ways of cooperating to other security issues such as counterterrorism and humanitarian relief. Further cooperation will help improve the overall relationship  between China and the United States. Alexandra Magonet  National Security Advisor  Works Cited Brown, Lester R. Learning from China: Why the Western Economic Model Will Not Work for the World.  Plan B Updates . Earth Policy Institute, 9 Mar. 2005. Web. 05 Jan. 2014. China's Expanding Peacekeeping Role. Sipri, n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2014. Elliot. Michael.  China Takes on the World. Internet; accessed 28 April 2008. Miller, Lyman. China: An Emerging Superpower?.  Stanford Journal of International Relations. Internet; accessed 28 April 2008. Lawrence, Susan V. U.S.-China Relations: An Overview of Policy Issues. Congressional Research Service . N.p., 1 Aug. 2013. Web. 5 Jan. 2014. Swaine, Michael. Avoiding US-China Military Rivalry. The Diplomat  . N.p., 20 Feb. 2011. Web. 05 Jan. 2014.
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