Why China is not a global power

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China's economic rise has prompted predictions that it will become a global power and supplant the US as the new global hegemon. However, Andrew T H Tan argues that, while China's influence and impact will certainly grow, it would have to overcome significant barriers to become a genuine global power. Among other constraints, China does not possess the soft-power attributes that would elicit a positive identification with it and lacks a clearly articulated foreign policy that would support a leading role on the international stage. The rising and uncontrolled nationalism is also becoming a serious constraint on the country's evolving international role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-50
Number of pages9
JournalRUSI Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


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