China has been on the rise for decades now. From an economic standpoint, it has become one of the world’s top three economies, and it is the world’s manufacturing powerhouse. When it comes to geopolitics, China has also achieved significant gains in regional dominance across Asia. The United States might remain the world’s sole superpower, but China is quickly catching up. It will be interesting to see how China moves forward with its goal of becoming a superpower.
What does this mean for the rest of the world?
China’s rise to superpower status will have a major impact on the world. If China does become the next superpower, it will change the balance of power significantly. China has taken a leading role in many regional issues, like climate change and global trade negotiations, that will certainly change if China becomes the sole superpower.
China’s rise to superpower status might not be something that should be feared, however. China has made it clear that it intends to take a different approach than past superpowers have taken in order to keep peace among other countries. As China continues its rise to superpower status, other countries will have to decide how they will deal with this new reality.
China’s rise to superpower status has been a long time coming. In the late 1800s, China was considered an economic powerhouse, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the country began to resurge. In 1992, China became a member of the World Trade Organization, and in 2001 it joined the World Bank.