Recently a Michael Pillsbury published a book claiming that China had a long term plan to replace the USA as the world hegemon.
The following response in the official People's Daily newspaper seems to be the Chinese government's response:
Will China replace US as global superpower?
(People's Daily Online) 07:41,
February 09, 2015
Will China replace US as global
superpower? (People's Daily Online) 07:41, February 09, 2015 The US senior
China expert Michael Pillsbury published a new book recently, The Hundred Year
Marathon. In this book, he said that he was "aware" of China's long term
strategy: introducing Western technology first, developing a strong economy,
and finally replacing the United States as the world's superpower.
It should be
said that China is indeed running a one hundred year marathon a democracy building
and national rejuvenation process that began last century. After any number of
difficulties and setbacks, China successfully ejected the invading powers,
achieved national independence, adopted its policy of reform and opening up to
the outside world, and engaged in international cooperation.
Today, China has
become a moderately prosperous society, and is developing into an emerging
world power. In the process of reform and opening up, promotion of
institutional advancement, and improvement of human rights and democracy, China
has made progress along with many other countries.
Most of them, like China,
have dreams of achieving national development and world progress. In this
process, China publicly put forward its explicit ideas for international cooperation.
In the era of globalization, the means of production were optimized, which
allowed effective cooperation between China's labor resources and Western
capital and technology.
To a certain extent, China's development strategy has
created a successful model for other Asia-Pacific countries and regions. By
introducing advanced foreign technology, China has begun to innovate in such
areas as high speed rail, aerospace and communications. It has also begun to
export capital abroad and seek win-win cooperation with the rest of the world.
The core idea of Pillsbury's 'Hundred Year Marathon' is that China plans
"to replace the US as the world's superpower", but the fact is that
the Chinese government has never had any such strategy or aspiration. We are
convinced that however powerful it might become, China will never engage in
illegal acts such as violating the sovereignty of other countries without UN
authorization. China is willing to be a power that makes a strong contribution
to maintaining world peace, but is also willing to work with the United States
and the rest of the world to live in peace. It has no intention of replacing
the United States.
This article was edited and translated from 《取代美国？中国没工夫想这事》 source:People's Daily Overseas Edition