The military in China is also an interesting concept when considering its role as a potential superpower. The military in China is still not on the level of the United States – the U.S. has 11 aircraft carriers whereas China has only recently commissioned one. However, it should be noted that China is the most populous nation on Earth and has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in recent years trying to modernize its military forces. These two factors combined means that China is growing as a military power and should not be underestimated on the global scale. Where China potentially has the most potential to become a global superpower is economics. The Chinese economy has gone from strength to strength in recent years, particularly due to its role in manufacturing. Its economy is over half the size of the U.S. economy and looks to overtake the U.S. in strength by the year 2018, something which would place it firmly in the position of superpower. This is partly due to the fact that China has the biggest population, rather than the modernization of the country. The technology and living standards in China are still well below that of Europe and the U.S., but this looks set to grow alongside the expanding economy and will certainly be affected by globalization as China lets more Western ideals in (Peerenboom, 2011). China’s economy will also certainly be helped by investments into technology, which are occurring as Chinese people become the biggest users of the Internet (Schiffer, 2013).
China also holds some U.S. debt, which puts it in a strong position in the global economy (BBC News, 2012). However, at the moment China does have some way to go before becoming the next big superpower, particularly due to its internal political structure and the living standards within the country. Despite this, there is some definite potential, with investment, for China to globally dominate within the 21st century. 2. In 250 words define International Civil Order and UN peace operations and you should discuss the relationship between international civil orde