Re: “Is the US destined to be No 2 to China?”, Opinion & Analysis, September 13.
Michael Morell’s timely op-ed raises some thought-provoking questions regarding the vexed conundrum of future global hegemony, and all the agonies and ecstasies that go with it.
As matters currently stand, we are approaching a pivotal point in the global commons: the possible eclipse of the democratic American imperium, counterpointed by a nascent authoritarian China.
When one contemplates the ascendance of China to its current position, as Morell correctly states, it becomes clear that the ostensibly Communist country aspires to be the apex power in the not-too-distant future. The (arguably) salient issue will be how China discharges its responsibilities when or if it assumes that burdensome role, and how the US addresses that new reality.
In order to understand the labyrinthine implications of such a gunmetal future, a good starting point would be to beg, borrow or steal (or even buy, at a push) a copy of Chalmers Johnson’s landmark tome “The Sorrows of Empire”. And if worse comes to worst, there’s always Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”.
Anyway I’m off to Kinokuniya now, to purchase a copy of Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House”. Reading it might just remind me why schadenfreude is one of my favourite words, even if my students do not. Tee hee.