Culture Favors U.S. in Next Phase of Sino-American Competitions

TREND #4 For centuries, great powers have been looking over their shoulders, certain that somebody was gaining on them. In the late 1800s, Imperial Germany’s ascent unnerved Great Britain, the technology leader at the time. Today, alarm bells are ringing in Washington, D.C., where China’s rapid recovery from the coronavirus pandemic has cemented the notion that it will inevitably replace the United States as the world’s leading economic superpower. Some now speak of a “Beijing consensus” rather than a “Washington consensus.” Both the Anglo-German and Sino-American rivalries emerged during periods of rapid globalization and technological progress, as many have observed. Both pit a rising autocracy against an established democracy — so, not surprisingly, much of the discussion of China’s surge...

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