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Why China is Not a Global Power

China has neither the soft-power attributes nor the clearly articulated foreign policy necessary to become a genuinely global power

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

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