Scheherazade: K. Space

By JANE PERLEZ

NY Times April 2, 2012 

BO’AO, China — The senior leadership of the Chinese government increasingly views the competition between the United States and China as a zero-sum game, with China the likely long-range winner if the American economy and domestic political system continue to stumble, according to an influential Chinese policy analyst.

China views the United States as a declining power, but at the same time believes that Washington is trying to fight back to undermine, and even disrupt, the economic and military growth that point to China’s becoming the world’s most powerful country, according to the analyst, Wang Jisi, the co-author of “Addressing U.S.-China Strategic Distrust,” a monograph published this week by the Brookings Institution in Washington and the Institute for International and Strategic Studies at Peking University.

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  1. America may be a declining power (after all, the signs are all there) but most nations/empires as powerful as the US (historical speaking) did not decline overnight.

    Even Rome took centuries before it collapsed in the West and about a thousand years before it collapsed in the East.

    In fact, MOST of China’s most successful dynasties did not vanish overnight. It took centuries of decline before one dynasty fell and was replaced by a new one. Unless a powerful nation is conquered militarily during a war by a more powerful foe, the decline and fall of empires and nations spans decades to centuries…

    The British Empire is an example. Less than a century ago, the sun never set on the British Empire. Today, the UK is a foggy island nation again and its vast empire, the largest the world has ever know, broke up after World War II and is represented by many independent nations that are not ruled over by the British king/queen. Yet, the UK is still there—it didn’t vanish and this may be the ultimate fate of the US.

    I suspect that the US will still be an economic and military power to reckon with long after I’m gone.

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