Would the world be that bad if there is a Chinese superpower?

Mrbsct

Ad Honorem
Jul 2013
2,582
USA
#1
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Would the world be that bad if there was a Chinese superpower? China currently in terms of PPP(non-GDP in USD) spends almost as the US in defense, and if allied with Russia can probably match the US. China has currently the largest economy in terms of PPP terms.
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China is attempting to build a stronger military and 5 aircraft carriers for force projection across the world. China would still need to of course diversify their economy into a service sector economy. For trade they are making many improvements like BRI and is setting up partnerships in Africa.

Would a Chinese superpower be all that bad? In the future I expect China and Russia to be much closer since Russia's economy needs help to diversify and rather than rely on fossil fuels. China likely will have more ties with nations like Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Egypt now the Middle East is falling more and more to non-US influence.
 

heylouis

Ad Honorem
Apr 2013
6,397
China
#3
the term superpower automatically implies an international projection of force, especially military force.

thus chinese people will be unhappy about being a superpower.

let those who like to play military projections enjoy being superpower, our carriers will only have limited number and be happy swim around our country.
while we will have more free time on improving our living standard.
 
Mar 2012
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#7
Whether a state is totalitarlian and whether it will impose its internal political structure abroad are two entirely different things. The US might be more democratic internally, but it has a higher tendency in history to impose such political structures on other countries. We are basically comparing a totalitarian state which values national sovereignty over liberal democracy, and a democratic state which is imposing democracy across the developing world by force.
 
Oct 2013
4,434
Canada
#8
A Chinese superpower that is an autocratic one-party state? Bit of a nightmare really.

Please elaborate.

The nightmarish state you are talking about is confined to China but the topic is on China's effect on the rest of the world, and it seems to be working and is the best and most moral fit for China. Not perfect, not utopian, but certainly not nightmare. It's managed to produce an overall more positive, optimistic and happy society than many Western societies.
 

Larrey

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Sep 2011
4,948
#9
To elaborate, nut just is China currently a one-party autocracy, it is also at its heart a state based on a principle of national and historic resentment of the world around it and the last 200 years of history.

The principle of "Never forget 100 years of humiliation" is a central part of the Chinese school curriculum, and 18 September is "National Humiliation Day" in China.

Which further accentuates the extent to which it being a dominant superpower in international politics is a bit of a nightmare.
 
Oct 2013
4,434
Canada
#10
To elaborate, nut just is China currently a one-party autocracy, it is also at its heart a state based on a principle of national and historic resentment of the world around it and the last 200 years of history.

The principle of "Never forget 100 years of humiliation" is a central part of the Chinese school curriculum, and 18 September is "National Humiliation Day" in China.

Which further accentuates the extent to which it being a dominant superpower in international politics is a bit of a nightmare.
While the "never forget 100 years of humiliation" is true and part of educational curriculum, it is not based on a resentment of the world and it is not used for resenting the world. Instead, the century of humiliation is based on banded principles like national unity, military strength, economic progress, and technological and scientific advancement because it is a lack of these 4 key national characteristics that led China towards the century of humiliation.

The idea that China wants to dominate others and has a national characteristic of being a resentful towards the world is flawed and thus China becoming much stronger is more of a dream than a nightmare for the world.
 

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