- While America has confronted major authoritarian dictatorships in the past, none have had the economic, industrial and "and-soon-military" weight of China
- The optimism of many of America's leaders about China's potential for peaceful and democratic development is misplaced - we know from history that a freer economy need not mean a freer society
- Current Chinese foreign policy on Sudan, on Zimbabwe, on Burma, on North Korea and on Iran provides a better - and more ominous - guide to China's future
- America must respond by reaffirming her commitment to her allies, focus the minds of those allies on "the magnitude of the task at hand" and build an international consensus to balance China's rise: "a balance of forces in favor of economic and political freedom".
In AmericaInTheWorld's briefing on China, we examine in greater detail the country's foreign policy in these and other parts of the world. Of all possible alternative global leaders, China is currently by far the most likely to displace the United States. But this would not, in our view, be a desirable turn of events for the world.