Michael Schuman The Atlantic: What Happens When China Leads the World
The policies and practices of the country’s dynasties offer insights into how modern Chinese leaders may wield their strength.
What kind of superpower will China be? That’s the question of the 21st century. According to American leaders such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, China will be a rapacious authoritarian nightmare, intent on destroying democracy itself. Beijing, needless to say, doesn’t quite agree.
Fortunately for those of us seeking answers to this question, China was a major power for long stretches of history, and the foreign policies and practices of its great dynasties can offer us insights into how modern Chinese leaders may wield their widening power now and in the future.
WNU Editor: China will not lead the world in its current form. But China will be positioned to be a major player.