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'China is not a global superpower'


President Obama has been meeting China's leaders in attempts to seek closer co-operation and trust.

China's growing political, economic and military powers are raising concerns among many in the US.

"China's rise does mean the decline of the West," Jonathan Fenby, China director at the Research Service Trusted Sources, told Today presenter John Humphrys.

But China expert Dr Stephen Tsang insisted that the country's power could not be compared to that of global super-powers.

While US stability could be affected by a Chinese attack on Taiwan, he said, there was still a great gulf between the countries in terms of military strength and economic might.

"We are in the midst of a China fever," he said. "The importance of China is grossly exaggerated."

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