“When China looks around the world, they see every state as potential fuel for their meteoric rise. When America looks to the world, they see partners seeking to cooperate in an American-dominated international system. Given the disparity in outlooks—and the rise of China’s power—Americans would do well to abandon the naïve sentiments of the idealists and notions about an inevitable “end of history” that culminates with the global embrace of liberal democracy. Instead, we should return to an understanding of realistic American strategic concepts such as “peace through strength.”
“This is a long game that must be played with élan and forcefulness. We should seek to further enmesh China in a global economic system that surrounds them by American allies. American policymakers should reread the 11th labor of the old Greek myth of “The Twelve Labors,” with Hercules in mind to formulate better policies regarding China going forward.”
In this 6-part series that I wrote for American Greatness a few weeks back, I argue that America has lost the ability to conduct economic statecraft at a time when our enemies–notably China–have become expert practitioners of this incredible potent tool of statecraft.