The United States is at a crossroads, or so we are told. The rise of Chinese influence has given the *clears throat and cues Micheal Buffer voice* reigning, defending, undisputed Super Power in the World a true challenger - or has it?
Envy eats at all of us. When the U.S. looks to the Far East, we see big and shiny new toys. Then, because we believe that we can't have nice things too, we start to wonder why China has all of the cool gadgets, and all we got is this crummy iPhone X that can run our entire life.
The People's Republic of China (PRC) should be applauded for what it has pulled off over the past 40 years. They have lifted a substantial portion of the global population out of poverty. Two cheers!
As we all know, there is more to the story.
Communism did not do this. Instead, Western companies fueled by their local consumers played a role, as did the U.S.'s silly enemy of my enemy is my friend foreign policy, and a willingness to let morals go out of the window for the all mighty Dollar. Along with a whole host of other issues.
As I've already stated, the PRC does get some of the credit. Unlike North Korea, Iran, or Venezuela, they understood how to play the game, and the nation has benefited as a result.
In the West or any freedom-loving society, we have to remember to balance what we see with our eyes and the envy we get in our hearts with a hefty dose of logic.
Once you establish that what happened in the PRC was not a feat of communism, it was despite communism, then you can start considering how to deal with the issue.
If communism did not bring wealth to the PRC, can it preserve it? No.
As evidence, I would like to submit: Government Spending as Exhibit A, Centralized Planning as Exhibit B, and Totalitarian Tendencies as Exhibit C.
Communism will not last will unless a steady influx of capitalist dollars pours in to support it, or if it does, it will look more like North Korea. The PRC is trying to balance the benefits of a more Westernize while keeping dissent from its critics as a totalitarian state would.
How do you defeat China? Well, the U.S. should start by stop thinking in those terms. The focus needs to be on returning to what spurred on our economy - the mostly free market. (And that is what grew China's as well.)
Instead, the U.S. is trying to move in a direction that resembles the PRC's governing policies more than a free and open society. Or maybe you forgot we were told who can and cannot go to work last year?
The planned economy, or at least heavily influenced top-down economy that the PRC has, can make certain gains to outpace its rivals. Focusing your resources like a commander on a battlefield could put you in a strategic position. The world is far more complex than any battlefield. So, what happens is the advancements in one area opens for missteps in another.
To "win", if we want to use that term, then we need to compete. The way to compete is by simply letting the market work. The world in 2021 is far too complex to be managed, but that is exactly what the political elite are trying to do.
Instead, the U.S. seems to be trying to adopt more top-down control. The freer the market in the U.S. the better it will compete globally. The more control we put at the top, the less we will compete for anything.
Our government is far better than the PRC’s, and if the U.S. wants to stay prosperous then we need to make sure Xi is moving towards us, not the other way around.