Tuesday, 18 January 2011

China on equal footing with US as Hu Jintao visits Washington

.... Or so The Guardian's correspondents might have us believe in their analysis piece this morning:


Overall, the newspaper believes that China's inferiority in 'hard power' has turned to Beijing's advantage, and (that) signs of its growing 'soft power' abound...

The article is quite pragmatic, however: For all the talk of China's emergence as a nascent superpower, and discussion of apparent American weaknesses, uncertainty remains as to a future dependent on Beijing's determination and maintenance of current trends. There is still a long way for China to go!


  1. "In terms of absolute size, China's economy is catching up fast with America's, and, according to data compiled by the University of Pennsylvania, may even have overtaken the US at some point over the past year." That is key, because it shows that China can now through their weight around...and may disrupt what the US want in the future.

  2. The BBC also published an article stating that China will move forward with human rights. Obviously it can only be a good thing if the US and China are working together.

    The article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12230982

    Another article on Hu Jintao's visit to the USA: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12223965

  3. Some political commentators state that this is the start of China officially becoming a Superpower. Nonetheless, there is much unrest within China on this issue, a possible cause for civil unrest.