At the turn of the 20th century, the question that most preoccupied British policymakers was: What do we do about Germany? The answer turned out to be two world wars, the collapse of British power and the rise of two new superpowers — the Soviet Union and the United States. The German problem was eventually dealt with, though the cost was enormous. The overriding geopolitical question two decades into the 21st century is: What do we do about China? It is an even more seismic issue since China, with a quarter of the world’s population and an unstoppable economy already five times bigger than the UK’s and growing, looms much larger than Germany ever did. U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018 I was about to add that it also seems more malign. That is perhaps debatable. It is certainly more alien. What the past year has surely taught us is that there is a massive and probably unbridgeable gulf between China’s values and our own. This… Read full this story
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