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Will China's Rise Be Peaceful?The Rise of a Great Power in Theory, History, Politics , and the Future$
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Asle Toje

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190675387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190675387.001.0001

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Is China a Global Power?

Is China a Global Power?

(p.211) Chapter 10 Is China a Global Power?
Will China's Rise Be Peaceful?

David Shambaugh

Oxford University Press

The basic premises of much of the realist-inspired literature that predicts an inevitable conflict between the United State and China is based on assessments of relative power capabilities. This chapter argues that China’s comprehensive power remains a very long way behind that of the United States, when it is measured in terms of both capabilities and influence. As a result, the prospects of a global clash between these two powers appears remote. However, the power gap is much narrower in the regional Asia-Pacific context—and hence the possibility of a Sino-American conflict erupting there (and possibly becoming global)—is not insignificant.

Keywords:   China, global power, capability, Asia-Pacific, Sino-American

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