Globalization's Influence on Contemporary International Relations

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Globalization is a social process independent of man’s will. It is also a dynamic development process with inner contradictions and a dual nature. Although it provides a rare historic opportunity for many countries to develop, it also creates differences, competition and conflicts of interest. Globalization’s contradictions and dual nature also exert a complicated influence on contemporary international relations.

While globalization deepens mutual dependence and further promotes this era’s trend toward peace and development, its nature of imbalance has led to the rise of power politics in the same period, complicating the process of multipolarization.

The acceleration of globalization has continually deepened mutual dependence and
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However, since the current globalization process took shape at a time when the old international order had not yet undergone fundamental change, the Western developed countries remain dominant. They are the biggest beneficiaries while the developing countries are in an adverse situation. Thus the imbalance of forces in the international structure has been aggravated. In 1999, the developed countries, whose populations account for only 20 percent of the world total, possess 80 percent of the global GDP and 81.2 percent of the total volume of world trade. The political and economic strength of a vast number of developing countries has weakened relatively rather than strengthened within a certain period. Hegemonism and power politics will intensify for a considerable period of time and new interventionism will likely run wild. The imbalance in the globalization process means that the multipolarization of international politics will follow a long and tortuous road.

In the process of globalization, a vast number of developing countries are faced with more and more challenges on the issue of national sovereignty. Effectively safeguarding national economic security has become a new task for these countries.

In the process of globalization, different countries have different circumstances and standing. The developing countries, including China, are faced with unprecedented challenges and
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