Here’s why China could overtake the US as the next superpower — and why it might not

Here’s why China could overtake the US as the next superpower — and why it might not

  • The US has been the world’s superpower since after WWII when the dollar was rendered the most important currency in the world. 
  • China is expected to take over as superpower, as its economical, technological, military, and political influence continues to expand — but there are several things holding China back.
  • The argument for why China could become the next superpower: It is the world’s top exporting and trade country and a huge investor in the US, and its enormous population has unrivaled buying power. 
  • Why China won’t become the next superpower: China’s overpowering government stifles foreign investment, it doesn’t hold the same trust the world gave the US after WWII, and its large population puts a strain on its natural resources. 

superpower is defined as a country that has global influence over others in cultural, technological, military and political spheres, and China is emerging as a strong contender for the position. While the US has been the world’s superpower for decades, escalating political tension between the US and China leads many to wonder: Is China the next superpower?

Here are three arguments suggesting that China is becoming the next world superpower, and here are three arguments against it.