“How China Can Defeat America” by Yan Xuetong (TIMES, 11/21/11)

     In the competition between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for the leadership  of the world, “the country that displays more humane authority will win.”  Such is the opinion of the dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University.

     Alas, neither of these superpowers is acting with humane authority!  In fact, as the recent stationing of American Marines in Darwin, Australia (allegedly to protect U.S. interests in the South China Sea) indicates, the two giants could be on a collision course.  Though the likelihood of a war is remote, this developing confrontation is worrisome.

     Yan Xuetong’s assertion that “morality, not money or arms” will determine who “rules the world” is extremely naive.


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