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Inside China’s Grand StrategyThe Perspective from the People's Republic$
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Ye Zicheng and Guoli Liu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126456

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126456.001.0001

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China’s Development as a World Power

China’s Development as a World Power

Objective Conditions, Strategic Opportunity, and Strategic Choices

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(p.12) (p.13) 1 China’s Development as a World Power
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Inside China’s Grand Strategy
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Ye Zicheng

Guoli Liu

Steven I. Levine

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126456.003.0002

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

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