MOTION: Will China rise to become a belligerent superpower?
Date: First lesson of Term 2
Sec. 3A2/O2/i2/P2 (24/03/2011)
Sec.3 BSP (25/03/2011)

The form and objective of a debate
  1. A debate is a systematic contestation of a public question where views of two opposing camps are advanced and discussed, in a persuasive and argumentative manner leading to a deliberation, culminating in a decision.
  2. The previous lesson was the first attempt at discussing a public question of International significance, i.e. The Rise of China and the ramifications on global order.

Some observations
  1. Both groups were inadequately prepared when presenting a systematic argument. The arguments are meant to be expository, with the speakers arguing in concert with the groups thesis.
  2. The first speaker of the Proposition has to define the key terms, and introduce the audience to the overall arguments of the group, and how individual members will be expounding on individual points.
  3. The Opposition, may agree or disagree to the definitional critieria; the first speaker also has the job on counter proposing and providing a rebuttal to the Propositions analytical posture if there is a disagreement.
  4. What was sorely lacking was a response and a rebuttal, which are integral features of a debate.

Framing the debate:
China's potentials of emerging as a superpower is a forgone conclusion. But the motion of this debate is an exercise in showing the evidence of beligerence in the conduct of China's foreign policy; and the limits of force in the conduct of China's foreign policy. At the core, these are the issues that frames the debate.

Content: Here are some points for consideration as you refine your arguments:

  1. What is the single most distinguishable feature of a superpower?
  2. What evidence is there to suggest that China has superpower ambitions?
  3. Who is China's enemy?