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China steigt zur militärischen Weltmacht auf

I know that 'aufsteigen (zu)' means 'to rise (to),' but could this headline be translated as, China becomes a military world power?

If so, why didn't they say, China wird militärische Weltmacht?

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    Yes, you could say "China becomes a military world power"
    Headlines don't always use the ...let's say, most efficient way of telling something. It's more about ...aesthetics.
    Yes you could say: "China wird zur militärischen Weltmacht" but that doesn't sound as good as the other one.
    Literally you have to translate it to: "China rises to a military world power" but the difference between "wird (zur)" and "steigt (zur)" is so small that it doesn't matter.

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