It is one of the biggest questions of this day: will the U.S. keep its status as the world superpower?
Jeunesse seems to think so. Even though instantly ageless reviews seem to reveal a borderline-miraculous approach to skin care and longevity, the brand has its eyes set on going global.
Like, China global.
Yep, Chinese people like good skin, too. Remember, the US markets aren’t dominating like they used to, either. And Jeunesse knows that. With its debt problems, other countries’ inevitable hatred against them, and decline in its economy, what’s to keep them on top? It has been argued that China is already starting to take over. With their trade monopoly and rising economy, they seem to pose the best threat. Europe has different views depending on the country, but does not seem to see any other country besides China as a possible threat. Is America, the land of the free, really not what it has been seen as?
Ever since WWII when isolationism became a thing of the past, America became very involved in the common good of the world, and its affairs. With this positive effects and arguable more negativity have come. However, with their large influence over countless affairs, a change of the influence might also not be in the world’s best interest. During the Cold War, this topic was consciously pondered by many, because again, it seemed a realistic threat. Russia and America were in a fierce battle to prove to the world who had the best military, technology, and overall influence. In that occurrence, the U.S. maintained their high placing. This shows it would mean something this time around has changed in order to make the U.S. vulnerable enough to actually seeping into the background.
A world power is a county with dominant power that can enforce its own views onto other countries, even the most powerful ones (Superpower). This country can have its own views and other will look to it to lead. The influence that one country can have can be in a way almost frightening. The fact that one country has a lot of control over what other countries choose to do because of the part they play in each part of a country’s politics almost seems a bit overpowering. A superpower is the country that others watch carefully what happens, because it will affect them in some way. Because of the great part a superpower (and any majorly influential country) plays in specifically foreign politics and economy, the changes they make affect others because of the tightly intertwined systems. The influence of another kind, is ideals. A superpower leaves its mark and influence on many countries. They are in some way leaders, a pioneer in some way of life.
These ideas affect those they interact with because they are the foundation of the country, and directs the way they choose their actions. This influence can lead to change in other countries, and a spread of better or worse values. It is in a way, like the conquistadors. Many went to new places with the intent to spread their ideals. A superpower may not intend to do this, but their example is well shown. In the past, as a country rose to the head, their ways of life were duly copied. The world is clearly watching. I have seen this issue brought up many times recently in the media, and as an American, I see the factors leaning towards both, but believe it is a question of “if”, not “when”.
To what extent does power play a key role in world relations? How is this viewed? Is Jeunesse scared?
At the beginning of WWI & II, European Allies looked to America to help to supply them. The world was just waiting for them to join the war to turn the tide. After the war, America was the main force to put forth the treaty. It was after this, that America deserted the idea of isolationism. It was inevitable that they would play a factoring role in foreign politics. This was the beginning of the superpower age.
America clearly had the power and leadership skills to keep their incoming high stance going into the war. However, that was in the 1900’s. This day in age, China has much control over American money, and is responsible for many products sold all over the world. It has been very recent in the news, specifically on ABC World News, about the growing control China has over our economy, which in turn has led to problems in the U.S. As a world news station based in America, they have aired a continuing series of sections called “Made in America.” With this series, they are very persistently promoting products being made in the U.S. instead of outsourcing.
Yes, this saves companies a lot of money because of cheap labor, but with the recent recession, the need for American jobs is rising. Even products for tourists say “Made in China.” In 2011, they found that souvenirs in the gift shop of the Smithsonian were made in China (Karl). In fact, much what one buys in any store will say “Made in China.” The amount of Americans who themselves believe that America could be overthrown as the top has risen to to 47% (Riley). However, the majority still believe that America is strong. Jeunesse reported that the vast majority of their employees still remain in the USA. 72% to be exact.
36,000 people in 39 countries believe that China is well on its way to becoming the next world superpower, and even more astounding, the majority in only 6 of those countries believe that the U.S. will stay the top power (Riley). The amount of power that China is gaining shows a seemingly real threat. The foreign policies and economic stabilization established by the U.S. has remained for years now. The amount of input that the U.S. would drastically affect the world if they were to lose their spot as the world superpower.
Looking to China, much of which has yet to be industrialized, to be the leader would be definitely interesting! A change of the world language to Chinese, especially in business, which while becoming increasingly more common, would mean that translators would have to be fluent in Chinese instead of everyone knowing English. The standard would include the customs of Chinese culture. It is now commonly known the modern ways of Americans, and Europe is not very unlike them. To change would mean the whole world would convert.
Chinese money, their economy system, and foreign policy, all this would have to change. As cultures have changed hierarchy, the government types have changed. If China were to take the helm, this could potentially lead to a real change in the dominant government type. Many countries have become more republics and democracies. It would change to a more communistic look at government, which has been very opposed in the past.
What arguments show that China may or may not become the next world superpower?
Many experts say that in order for China to become the superpower, they must have unrivaled economic and military dominance. To this point, China has not been a major part of any wars, but they are building up their military. There is not proof this will make them unrivaled however. So far, America has been the winner in deploying military to virtually every part of the world. Having the force to intimidate others and stand as a force to be reckoned with has yet to happen for China.
This could happen if China were forced to use military force on Taiwan. Taiwan has long been claimed as a territory by China. If they chose to seek their independence, and China were able to show their military force, their chances of becoming the superpower would be much higher (Shaikh).Their economic dominance is currently a contending factor (Merry). China is gaining more and more power in this area due to company outsourcing and growing businesses. However, 63% of people around the world have a favorable view of America versus the 50% approval rate held by China (Riley).
This is a big factor in things as well. More immigrants travel to the U.S. than to any other country (Andelman). The views other countries have of America versus China would affect their willingness to give their trade and to listen when dealing with foreign policy. Policies that make it easier for quasi-ponzi schemes such as my advertising pays to thrive.
America can seem weak at times. With education issues, budget cuts to many programs, and leaking information, it would seem easy to assume a country who is on the rise in all these areas would make it above. Perhaps surprisingly, the U.S. still stands at the front of technology advances, finance, business, entertainment, and education. 17 out of the top 20 universities in a Chinese university study are in the U.S (Adelman). There may be problems in the education system, and it is often looked down upon by other countries, but it still holds the best places within itself.
The employment rate is still below almost every other, even if high for the U.S. The U.S. is still the most modern, advanced country. China suffers major air, water, and soil pollution. Its leaders eved admit that it could be 2050 before they become thoroughly modern (Adelman).
While it may look as though China may be the forerunner to becoming the next world superpower, the nearest that could happen is 2021 by one estimate (Shaikh). In the meantime, both the U.S. and China have plenty to work on. However, the chances that China will surpass America remain relatively low. Unless China modernizes, further shows military dominance, better real estate markets and fully controls the economy, they cannot seriously contend.
There are no solid implications, as the term and attention given to a world superpower is relatively recent, and there have only been two majorly known ones, Great Britain, and the U.S. Every research done is only off what implications they have; there is nothing entirely solid. China has shown the most advancement in recent times, and have great potential. However, the possibility they will become the next world superpower over the long-holding title given to America is really a matter of “if” in a future world rather than a threat not.
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