Certain problems will not be easily solved in the coming five years: the scarcity of resources, climate change, and the pandemic fallout. Such issues are multinational in scope and cannot be deciphered at the national level. Not since WW II has issues of unity been so crucial. Today, it’s a different and complicated world with no country willing to embrace globalism. While the three major concerns have society off-balance, a significate confrontation is at hand. US and China have squared off in a battle of world influence. The key to world dominance is influence, not authority. China has played its cards masterfully.
A new cold war has been brewing between the superpowers that are totally different from the exercises since 1947. The contemporary spin is that economic and technological power is the driving factor, not traditional military power. Influence on a global scale requires leadership. No superpower can survive on military might alone. Russia, a prior cold war opponent proved this point: Italy, a country 50 times smaller than Russia, has a larger economy. Russia is no longer a formidable military power in the old fashion sense, but a powerful instigator in the early 21st century, deploying its cyberabilities to disrupt worldwide computer networks. The US is at risk from such cyber threats that have the power to materially disrupt the daily life of hundreds of millions with a fat-finger.
Indeed, traditional military power is worthless. The building of elaborate hardware worth trillions of dollars for jets, aircraft carriers, and all the booty of conventional warfare is obsolete. Waging war is on a chip, not high maintenance metal or standing armies with astronomical price tags.
The recent sit-down with the US and China was a second-rate joke. Everyone knows the rules. The “war games” by either side are decided by who has the best “competitive technologies.” The noise about human rights is a waste of time and deflects the true declaration each side desires to present, not only to the other but to the world.
The US cannot downplay China’s global trading platform, or its strategic blueprint called Made in China 2025, which declared government subsidies and state-owned enterprises to dominate key technologies, the billions for worldwide infrastructure supporting commerce and loans, grants to buy partnerships in South American and Africa. China recognized it is cheaper to transfer paper money than bullets to gain friendships and alliances. Meanwhile, the US is selling military hardware that offers no long-term value to its users. The noise from the US of relying on its foreign partners who share our common interests and values has lost a reliable audience
China is a major threat because the US has failed to recognize that the 21st century is based on technologies to support societies not the need for more traditional military power.
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