This article challenges the premature assumption that a power transition between the United States and China is inevitable due to China's rapid rise. It argues that the United States will remain the hegemonic power for the next half century. Based on this projection, China must adopt a policy of cooperation with the U.S.-dominated international order. China also needs to actively participate in the various institutions of the global system and learn the art of leadership. This policy will allow China gradually to increase its global influence in ways that are more compatible with its rising power. As a result, China will not need to become a revisionist state and challenge the system from the outside. Recently, many signs indicate that China is indeed moving toward a more active role in regional and global affairs.
|Number of pages||27|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2004|