Is China dangerous if it becomes powerful? The questioner knows that China is very nice, asking only for mutual respect and win-win cooperation. Yet, he is not sure what will happen should China become a superpower. He worries that China may behave evilly should it become a superpower.

He asks such a question with a reason. That is every superpower behavior evilly. Great Britain colonized the world, traded opium and slaves, and made colossal humanitarian disasters for hundreds of years. The US evoked wars everywhere globally, making many regime changes, turning many countries into failed states, and creating refugees everywhere. Everyone should be worried about a superpower, be it China or any other country.

So people are worried about potential superpowers. What if China becomes a superpower? What if Russia becomes a superpower? What if the EU becomes a superpower? But wait! We know the US is bad enough. Should we worry about the US first?

For all other countries except the EU, Russia, China, and the US, what’s the difference if the world is organized with one country as a superpower? I am Canadian. Canada can never be a superpower because its population is small. Why should Canada worry about who is the superpower? If the US or China are all the same, why bother? If Canada can make a friend with the US while the US is the superpower, it can make a friend with China when China becomes the superpower. So if you are in a country that is not going to be in the game of competing to be a superpower, you don’t need to worry about it.

So the game should be among the US, EU, Russia, and China competing who can be the superpower. All other countries are out of the game. It is futile to worry about who becomes the superpower if the world has to have a superpower. But, every country is the victim of a superpower. Superpower has absolute power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is unfair for countries that always be the victim of a superpower.

For the peace of the world and the dignity of human beings, let us build a world without a superpower. Every country should join together against any superpower. Let’s restructure the world order. Let the world be multipolar. All countries should embrace a multipolar world order against the unipolar world order.

China repeatedly declared that it would not become a superpower. In practice, China advocates the vision of building a World Community with a Shared Future for Mankind. China advocates an international relationship of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation. China and Russia are promoting a multipolar world, letting the EU play a greater role in international affairs. EU should join Russia and China to build a multipolar world. It is fair to the US, EU, Russia, and China and fair to all other countries in the world.

Let there be no superpower so that human beings can get rid of wars and have perpetual peace and prosperity.


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Xiaoming Guo

Ph.D. from McGill University. MBA from Queen’s University. A patriot Canadian believes that a good relationship with China serves our best national interest.