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China has a plan to rule the world

By Washington Post

As America steps back from the global stage, China eyes a starring roleRead full story

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  • Adrian Michaels
    Adrian MichaelsDirector at FirstWord Media

    The post WWII order has been breaking down for a long time. The world is becoming multipolar and US hegemonic decline is inevitable. It'll be painful and Trump's election (and undeliverable promises of a "return" to whatever) is part of it. But the story makes out that this is definitely a bad thing. China was a global superpower for all of mankind's history apart from around 1850-1950 where it turned in and lost its way. Now it's coming back. I think the innovation and leadership we are seeing is

    The post WWII order has been breaking down for a long time. The world is becoming multipolar and US hegemonic decline is inevitable. It'll be painful and Trump's election (and undeliverable promises of a "return" to whatever) is part of it. But the story makes out that this is definitely a bad thing. China was a global superpower for all of mankind's history apart from around 1850-1950 where it turned in and lost its way. Now it's coming back. I think the innovation and leadership we are seeing is exciting. If we can embrace that we can lock in co-operation and form a new consensus for this century. Of course there is a lot not to admire in China - but I hardly think the US has the right to cast the first stone at this moment.

    This isn't about either/or and a simplistic listing of facts about China's rise as if by definition that was scary and bad doesn't really add a lot to the discussion. Here's a good sweep on Chinese innovation: http://partners.wsj.com/ubs/invest-in-china/

  • Peter Robinson
    Peter RobinsonResearch fellow at Stanford University

    China has about a decade before it faces a demographic catastrophe of its own making (see “policy, one-child”). Ten years. Time enough to use its growing military power to bully its way to world domination? Or its economic power to purchase the loyalty of much of the globe? We can all be forgiven for entertaining doubts.

  • Can someone please read this to The President? Any of the generals will do.

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