KeithPratt wrote:I'm still hesitant to ascribe the sort of domination that people are predicting with China, in that it will replace the US.
That's the problem I feel - that people think it's a zero-sum game situation.
If the Chinese come up with some sort of new paradigm, akin to how the US created and dominated western consumer culture (and by default, inevitably the rest of the world), then maybe. I don't see that though. The roots of the internet are anglophone and the most powerful and innovative companies around today are all Western. The Chinese can copy what the West does, but whether it can be a force "for good" is another matter. Are the Chinese as invested culturally in narratives such as climate change and environmental issues? I don't think they are.
The Chinese will do what they've been doing these last thirty years which is to first schmooze and buy stuff up.
If you aren't interested in selling your ideas you get fucked over by having those ideas copied - who'd heard of now ubiquitous Tik Tok this time last year?.
Or if you're a country or race of people that values its cultural or political independence, you get steamrollered and subjugated.
And as their hawkish attitude to Hong Kong and Taiwan show, they aren't interested in existing side by side with anyone.
Just look at what they did in Sri Lanka - loaned the government there big bucks to build a huge port. When demand failed to generate sufficient revenues to allow Sri Lanka to pay them back they took out a 99-year lease on the facilities. They now own a huge strategic foothold and are hell-bent on doing something similar in Papua New Guinea.
The way the fuckers have brazenly ignored internationally binding treaties regarding Hong Kong while the UK government has stood idly by and let them do so is truly scary. But it's not nearly as scary as the viciousness with which they callously treat their Eighur Muslim countrymen.
Then there's the way they're militarizing lagoons in the South China Sea as they ready themselves to claim vast tracts of disputed islands such as the Spratlys.