Superpower29 December 2020 ❤ 1
One of the biggest debates in the foreign policy world is whether or not China can be considered a great power or not. Proponents of Chinese expansionism will argue that the US cannot be viewed as a great power due to its past failures and that the US is too divided and weak to deal with problems like those in the Middle East or Asia. The other side will point to the economic gains of China, which far outweigh its political clout. Whether the Chinese can play a major role in the world, as a great power or not remains to be seen, but the US has clearly decided that China is a major player and no longer needs to consult the US before proceeding with its economic growth.
For years the Chinese have talked about their aspiration to become a hegemon, the power behind the US and the West and this is definitely something to be considered. If China can be successful at getting global trade deals, which it has already done with many countries, then it will be seen as a great power and its economy will become the largest on the globe. The US has always rebuffed Chinese overtures claiming that it is still committed to free market capitalism and American exceptionalism, but with the economic prosperity in China and the US not nearly as pronounced, perhaps the US is now convinced that it doesn't have a choice but to deal with China as it can and will. If China becomes a hegemon, dominating the trade deals all over the world, then this can only be good news for the US.