Iraq is a sideshow beside China’s mighty challenge

In Newsweek, another article about how China (and the rest of Asia) is being ignored in the U.S. presidential election campaigns.

Fareed Zakaria writes: “The US presidential debates are lauded for having been substantive and revealing. In particular, people have noted how rare it is to have a serious discussion about foreign policy these days. Except that we did not have a serious discussion about foreign policy. We had one about Iraq. And thousands of miles away, there is a new world coming into being — one that America is quite unprepared to handle… There have been two great shifts in the international balance of power over the past 500 years… Right now a trend of equal magnitude is taking place — the rise of Asia, led by China, which will fundamentally reshape the international landscape in the next few decades… The United States will remain the most powerful country in the world. But the gap between it and these new great powers will slowly shrink. And to continue thriving, it will have to adjust to the rise of Asia. ” The full article, via the Times of London, is here.

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