Perhaps the question is when, how, and where China wants to be no. 1.
Does China want to be number 1? Why not? From the bottom up standpoint, yes perhaps, and overtly so. The top-down view may differ – a less overt behind the scenes position up top may be desired. Why be number 1 and become a target board? One should stop to ponder the wisdom why China’s name in Chinese reads Middle Kingdom, not Top Kingdom or Centre Kingdom.
However, getting these two views to find consensus with biding time will only get more difficult because of cross pollination with the us and them affliction.
China has collective memory of the rising and ruling power dynamic, this race to the top is cyclical. I doubt the Chinese leadership lose sleep over this ‘race’.
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Will China Ever Be No. 1?
If you want to know the answer, ask Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew.
by Graham Allison, Robert D. Blackwill
Source – Foreign Policy, published February 16, 2013
Image Source – Foreign Policy
Will China continue to grow three times faster than the United States to become the No. 1 economy in the world in the decade ahead? Does China aspire to be the No. 1 power in Asia and ultimately the world? As it becomes a great power, will China follow the path taken by Japan in becoming an honorary member of the West?
Despite current punditry to the contrary, the surest answer to these questions is: No one knows. But statesmen, investors, and citizens in the region and beyond are placing their bets. And U.S. policymakers, as they shape the Obama administration’s pivot to Asia, are making these judgments too. In formulating answers to these questions, if you could consult just one person in the world today, who would it be? Henry Kissinger, the American who has spent by far the most time with China’s leaders since Mao, has an answer: Lee Kuan Yew.
Lee is the founding father of modern Singapore and was its prime minister from 1959 to 1990. He has honed his wisdom over more than a half century on the world stage, serving as advisor to Chinese leaders from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping and American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. This gives him a uniquely authoritative perspective on the geopolitics and geoeconomics of East and West.
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