Multi-polaristic lateralists are tripping over each other like Inspector Clouseau and salivating at the mouth Cujo style in the hope that China will challenge American hegemony. Best to heed some prudent advice; hold off with the Asti Spumante. China still has a long way to go before it is a bona-fide integrated superpower. They have some internal issues (such as environmental and ideological) they need to iron out before they can project true power - and they know this.
We, on the other hand, seem to be ignoring this at our peril.The Dragon is not a stranger to being a great power. Chinese history is littered with great achievements. It stands to reason therefore as the world links to one another through trade that China - with its massive population - would be a natural competitor of the United States.
Of course, rather than challenge U.S. power both sides should co-operate in the region.
For the Chinese this mutual existence is paramount especially considering America's recent rapprochement with India. Speaking of which, India - a remarkable democracy - every bit a power in the region. Yet, we hardly see any programming on 'India Rises.' Much of what we interpret from China is information from Chinese sources. China - an intensely proud and insular society - is a communist state and thus is not always straightforward with information. India is more transparent; China is not.
Are academics calling for people to learn Chinese dialects with the pending rise of Chinese power? I seem to recall not so long ago (during the 80s) how business professors were teaching about the inevitably of Japanese power and that we should all learn Japanese. One hitch; a decade long recession hit Japan like a typhoon in the 1990s that put a serious cringe in that thought. America, which speaks the international language of business, still stood tall.Rather than seek faux-replacements for political ideological considerations, perhaps we should examine why and how America keeps prevailing.
This is not something to fear but appreciate. Might I suggest a Kleenex for that drooling?..
By: Alessandro Nicolo