<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.6001.19019"></HEAD> <BODY> <DIV style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-TOP: 20px" id=Title_e> <H1 style="COLOR: rgb(0,0,0)">Kissinger: China won't be next superpower</H1> <H6>(chinadaily.com.cn)<BR>Updated: 2011-06-21 13:06</H6></DIV> <TABLE style="MARGIN-LEFT: 20px; FONT-SIZE: 11px; BORDER-TOP: rgb(153,153,153) 1px dashed; PADDING-TOP: 5px" border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=600> <TBODY> <TR> <TD width=220 align=right><LINK rel=stylesheet type=text/css href="cts2009style_e.css"> <DIV style="WIDTH: 468px; HEIGHT: auto"><IMG align=absMiddle src="ctsarticle_comments.jpg" width=26 height=26> <A class=black href="javascript:docmtend()"><STRONG>Comments</STRONG>(<SPAN style="FLOAT: none; COLOR: rgb(153,0,0)" id=show_count1>12</SPAN>)</A> <IMG align=absMiddle src="ctsarticle_print.jpg" width=26 height=26><A class=black href="javascript:Print()" target=_top><STRONG>Print</STRONG></A><IMG align=absMiddle src="ctsarticle_mail.jpg" width=26 height=26><A class=black onclick="javascript:window.open ('http://app3.chinadaily.com.cn/webdev/PageRcmdToMail.shtml?url='+document.location+'&amp;title='+document.title, 'newwindow', 'height=380, width=480');" href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2011-06/21/content_12743703.htm#"><STRONG>Mail</STRONG></A></DIV></TD> <TD><IMG src="ctsA.jpg"></TD> <TD class=black width=248><A href="javascript:doZoom(16)">Large</A> <A href="javascript:doZoom(14)">Medium</A> <A href="javascript:doZoom(12)">Small</A> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> <DIV> <DIV> <DIV> <DIV style="FONT-SIZE: 14px; PADDING-TOP: 10px" id=Content><!--enpproperty <date>2011-06-21 13:06:37.0</date><author></author><title>Kissinger: China won't be next superpower</title><keyword>China, US, Kissinger, superpower</keyword><subtitle></subtitle><introtitle></introtitle><siteid>1</siteid><nodeid>1035881</nodeid><nodename>From Overseas Press</nodename><nodesearchname>2@webnews</nodesearchname>/enpproperty--><!--enpcontent--> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>China will not dominate the current century while the US will continue to maintain its position in the world as the most influential country, predicts former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, according to Canada's CTV website and the website of the Globe and Mail.</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>"On any foreseeable outcome, over the next 25 years, the United States is still probably going to be, overall, the strongest nation in the world -- still will have the largest economy in the world," said Kissinger, who appeared in Toronto for the annual Munk Debates. </P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>However, "China will be preoccupied with economic problems internally, problems domestically, with its international environment, and I have enormous difficulty imagining a world dominated by China," Kissinger said. "I believe the concept that some country will dominate the world is a misunderstanding of the world in which we live." </P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>China must create millions of jobs every year, millions of workers leave the countryside to live in the city, while many more migrate back and forth, Kissinger said, which pose significant challenges. He also cited some figures that suggest the country will, in 30 years, have only two working-age people for every pensioner. </P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Also, "The next decade will see China trying to bring its political institutions in line with its economic change," Kissinger said. "I do not believe that a country that will be so preoccupied with this fundamental change will also have the time to dominate the world." </P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>Kissinger admits that China's neighbors would help to contain its rise, arguing that a balance of power must be used to deal with China and regulate international relations in the future. </P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>"We can draw lines," he said, referring to the world's ability to check Chinese geopolitical hegemony in East Asia. "But we have to be selective in where we draw the lines."</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left>&nbsp;</P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left><TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"></TD><TD width="96%">Xiaoxiao 2011-06-21 17:31</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>It is only prediction but I strongly agree with Kissinger. China is basicaly not united. According to history, it was Chinese who betrayed the country because of strong Han character that always tried to harm the other to get the power. In Vietnam, we often use this phrase to indicate a tricky person. As evil - minded as Tau (refering Chinese) <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">Spot On 2011-06-21 17:25</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>@HsunTze 2011-06-21 15:03<BR><BR>Haha, looks like you try to outsmart Kissinger! Lets' face it, Kissinger is a veteran politician and a China hand! He speaks without fear or favour! I tend to agree with him! America may be going through a rough patch now, but that doesn't mean China would be able to surpasss it in economic strength! As Kissinger said, China has got huge domestic problems to take care of, millions to feed etc; not ready in the foreseeable future to take on the US!<BR>But of course, people like you would not be able to accept Kissinger's frank talk, so carry on dreaming, Mr Hsun! <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">LBJ 2011-06-21 15:57</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>I think it's safe to say, and I'm sure Kissinger would agree, that China as a nation will never hang down heavily across the world like LBJ's johnson. LBJ, who would talk on the phone to his subordinates about his own pendulous privates, was much bigger than his Chinese counterpart of the day. LBJ had em, America has em, And China just doesn't, being gelded in many ways, not made of the stuff of the colossus. I do not think a change in diet, more meat devoured in China, will change this fact. <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">swieyue 2011-06-21 15:34</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>There will be no domination by any nation in the future. America will lose its place as the dominating power and the world will become multi-polar. Trying to paint China as a new colonialists is just one of the desperate acts by a declining power. China is not rising. China is returning. <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">Hahaha 2011-06-21 15:13</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>That's his personal opinion. China's in no hurry to chase the USA, thus, China has no 'historical burden' to carry over her back.<BR><BR>However, he has raised a good challenge for China. Time will tell..... <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">Ray Newton 2011-06-21 15:05</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>It is not China's intention to 'dominate', in the American sense. That is a role that, today especially, would be very negative.<BR><BR>However, there is a clue to the future which I keep trying to point out, in Kissinger's comments that should be 'taken in' and understood:- "I believe the concept that some country will dominate the world is a misunderstanding of the world in which we live." Here he is 'on the ball', and telling you what 'he knows' IS the future.<BR><BR>In the One 'Unified World' this will be the designed end product. It will be a world of 'equal status' of 'states'(at present nations), except as Orwell might have put, ironically - 'some more 'equal' than others.<BR><BR>It will be along the lines of the European union, or the United States, which are early formations of parts of the whole which will one day come together along with other 'unions; such as Asia, which have yet to be forged.<BR><BR>Who will really control all? That will not really change, the same ones that control it now - 'The International Financiers', the ones who control the money, and debt.<BR><BR>There is nothing to fear as we are moving there gradually - we just grow with it, little by little. (sofly, softly catchee monkey) <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">HsunTze 2011-06-21 15:03</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>&gt;"China will not dominate the current century while the US will continue to maintain its position in the world as the most influential country, predicts former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, according to Canada's CTV website and the website of the Globe and Mail."&lt;<BR><BR>Kissinger was just a former US Secretary of State and might be a wise man. Surely he is not good enough to be fortune telling now, is he? <BR><BR>I can understand his views. As a US American would he want to frighten the US masses that the USA is now a sick man, with a debt that cannot be repaid easily, a army that has not seen rest for a long period since the end of the second world war. Kissinger cannot afford to tell the still sleeping US American public the economy is not out of the woods and unemployment problems are still simmering. <BR><BR>Well well the US American politicians sure know how to yell. Did we not hear Obama proclaiming the USA would never be number two? He talked as if he was just not the US President but the president of the world. (Respect has to be earned not imposed - just following some US comments).<BR><BR>My feeling is Kissinger much the same as other US leaders wants to portray the US greatness and the inferiority of the others in comparision. It is good that they have this complacency and not able to read the signs on the wall. It will make the demise go that much faster. <BR><BR>While US leaders are in a complacent mode, China must be in a make hay while the sun shine mode. We should not be obsessed with that ranking system which the USA is famous for. There is no point in thinking or saying we are near to number one or be led to have that feeling as the IMF tried to shower onto us. <BR><BR>Let us brush aside criticism, remarks good or bad and praises about our potential fortune or misfortune. We must stay focus on our development both economically and militarily. These two factors will ensure our China and the Chinese people progress in peace and stability. <BR><BR>Let China and the 1.339 billion Chinese people prove both Obama and Kissinger wrong in their respective views. <BR><BR>My view is just simply this: Both Obama and Kissinger predict a lost cause about the USA remaining in top position. If it looks that way, then it is only in name. In reality, the writings are showing on the wall. Now that is the destiny of things to come. It has been predicted not by politicians but by someone I have faith in.<BR><BR>That someone is dead and gone (like the US's Osama). However, time will tell. <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">chris 2011-06-21 14:28</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>take away the role of the world reserve currency, kissinger will be begging for food in the street of new york<BR><BR>chris666 <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">ari 2011-06-21 14:22</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>Blame the Western media for creating the fear factor of China's development. And Beijing should stop using the foolish term "China's rise". The better word, politically speaking is "China's development". The foolishness of China and ineptness in English is part of the reason we tend to shoot ourselves in the foot. Use the right words even if the Western medias deliberately use the words and phrases fro their dastardly intentions to make us look bad. Its the least we can do. Dr Kissinger is right on the matter but not on the "balance of power" and the need for China's racist, corrupted, and opportunistic minnows of a neighbour to "assist" China is achieving that "balance". That"balance: is nothing more than an attempt at containment of China so that if a war breaks out, China is in a disadvantageous position insofar as defense and offense is concerned. China must not be strategically "bottled-up" by these nondescript countries. Let China act according to her size and might to gain respect. <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">huarenMalays 2011-06-21 14:13</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>Unipolar to bipolar and multipolar </P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14px" align=left><TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">mariusz 2011-06-21 13:54</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>It must be realized that it is a misconception that any influence or domination is mainly economic or military. A large part of American influence is created by its cultural. artistic, philosophical, etc. diversity. It would be difficult for any country that is fairly homogenous as China (despite its vastness) to have the same influence as the U.S. (or Europe). Only when China itself becomes as open and diverse there will be definitely much greater influence. <BR>&nbsp;</TD></TR> <TR bgcolor="#dddddd"><TD width="4%" align="right"><IMG src="http://comment.chinadaily.com.cn/images/btn_face.gif"></TD><TD width="96%">OZ 2011-06-21 13:46</TD></TR><TR><TD>&nbsp;</TD><TD>China never dominates other countries like the US. But Russia and China alliance is a force to be reckoned with. </TD></TR></TD></TR></P></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></BODY></HTML>