Is China Losing the Diplomatic Plot?
This is another excellent piece from Prof. Kishore Mahbubani. this article thoroughly analyzes how China’s assertiveness creates a distrust among other Asian countries. Interestingly, the article rises an issue how ASEAN would react against China’s assertiveness.
SINGAPORE – In 2016, China’s share of the global economy will be larger thanAmerica’s in purchasing-price-parity terms. This is an earth-shaking development; in 1980, when the United States accounted for 25% of world output, China’s share of the global economy was only 2.2%. And yet, after 30 years of geopolitical competence, the Chinese seem to be on the verge of losing it just when they need it most.
China’s leaders would be naïve and foolish to bank on their country’s peaceful and quiet rise to global preeminence. At some point, America will awaken from its geopolitical slumber; there are already signs that it has opened one eye.
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