Beijing: China may surpass the United States as the biggest economic power in the next four to six years, but this does not mean it will instantly become the world’s superpower, a leading expert on China has said.
Dr. Martin Jacques, 67, author of the global bestseller ‘When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order’, said it would take several decades, from between 2030 and 2040, before China could even achieve developed state status.
“It``d be a long way to go as a superpower,” he said.
According to The Star, Dr Jacques said Westerners were fearful of China’s rise due to scant knowledge and understanding of China and that it was a communist country.
They fear the country might throw its weight and its military power around.
However, Dr. Jacques pointed out that China had no major interest in developing military power after Deng Xiaoping took over the country from the late 1970s to 1990s.
“Although China has a lot of problems now, it doesn``t mean that it can``t be humane and more democratic,” Dr. Jacques said.
“Maybe, it will develop universal suffrage without following the Western way,” he added.