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One of the oldest countries in the world is finally rising onto the world stage as a global superpower. The key drive behind China’s rise is essentially a political process in which the current ruling Communist Party wishes to restore its international reputation after the irreversible damage caused by the Cultural Revolution. The negative three-pronged effect include the effects of the Cultural Revolution on China’s ideological beliefs, it’s faith in the CCP and its confidence in the future. As a result of this, the CCP realized that a key strategy in order for it to maintain its hold on power is by implementing a performance-based legitimacy. This has resulted in the current push towards economic development as a key priority and deliverable. Due to the immense speed at which China is progressing (it is achieving in one decade what the USA took 100 years to achieve), it s actions are currently being closely monitored by China’s neighbors and the United States, the current sole superpower in the world.

As China’s economic and political clout grows, it is increasingly coming under pressure to behave responsibly in terms of its international policies pertaining to perceived rogue states (such as traditional allies, Iran and North Korea), the environment (e.g. the recent Copenhagen Climate Summit) as well as its commitment to fair trade practices (the revaluing of the Renminbi).

In the light of Singapore’s symbiotic relationship with BOTH the USA & China, how do we tread the line in our alliances with these 2 superpowers for our pragmatic survival?
Is China’s rise to power a threat to South East Asian stability? How do we embrace China’s increasing economic and buying power?

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