America Shares Superpower Status with Others – Simply NonsensePosted: August 31, 2016
This morning I reblogged Michael Lind’s essay titled “Can America Share Its Superpower Status?” on National Interest that has drawn quite some comments.
The essay is quite interesting, but the title “Can America Share Its Superpower Status” is simply nonsense.
A country can gain or lose its status as a superpower, but cannot share the status with another country.
For example, if the US shares its superpower status with the Philippines, will the Philippines become a superpower?
When another country, namely China, becomes a superpower as its economic, military and soft power has grown as powerful as the only existing superpower the US in the world, it then becomes a superpower no matter whether the US shares its superpower status with it or not.
The US may be unhappy and unwilling that China shares the status of superpower with it, but it cannot help that. If it fights China whether economically or militarily, it cannot win as China is as strong as it. As a result, the US will fight in vain and there will still be two superpowers in the world.
If China has grown much stronger than the US and all other superpowers in the world, if any, then China will become the only superpower and others will decline into second-class powers. That will then be the reality no matter whether China wants or refuses to share its superpower status with others.
Comparison of strength is a reality that does not change due to someone’s willingness to share the strong status or not.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on National Interest’s essay “Can America Share Its Superpower Status?” that has been reblogged by him today.