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This post is part of the US-China: Measuring decline and rise debate thread. To read other posts in this debate, click here.

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7 February 2012 15:30


This post is part of the US-China: Measuring decline and rise debate thread. To read other posts in this debate, click here.

This passage in Hugh's latest post sparked two questions in my mind:

There are three key asymmetries in the US-China relationship which all break China's way. China's objectives are focused in Asia, while America's are globally dispersed.

  1. Isn't it the case that one asymmetry in the US-China relationship that has long broken in favour of the US is America's system of alliances and security partners in Asia, which helps support its primacy? If China is a 'lonely superpower', the US is a very popular one in Asia and growing more popular.
  2. Aren't China's strategic objectives growing more dispersed geographically as its power, energy imports, etc expand? If so, could this asymmetry also be breaking the way of the US?

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