Americans are feeling, at best, insecure in asking, “Isn’t China trying to take us over ?” Granted that China, unlike Snow White, is neither innocent nor harmless, but the question is still sufficiently shallow and paranoid that whenever I’m asked, I feel like the magic mirror. Clearly, and in response to shallowness, power comes from more than a growth rate and a current account surplus – for example, a culture that inspires and a track record of working to benefit the greater good. I think people who know this ask the China question to solicit reassurance on that front.
Carmosky explain – in great detail – that China does not want, need, can or are eager to the American in, in the way the Americans fear.
Understandably, we’ve got anxiety about our waning superdominance. But the Chinese are just doing what they need to do to pull themselves into security and affluence. Part of what they need is for the USA to stay the dominant power in the world. Snow White has earned a place at the table, and shown that she’s perfectly capable of taking care of herself. What’s a Superpower To Do? Pass the salt.