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Clash of the Titans

Michael Auslin, Ph.D

(Original source The Wall Street Journal) 

“Most countries regard themselves as better than others, not just different. But there are few, if any, with a greater sense of manifest destiny than the United States and China.

Ronald Reagan, echoing the Founding Fathers, used to express this by describing America as a “shining city on a hill” and as the “last best hope of mankind.” China, from time immemorial, has been accustomed to defining itself as the “middle kingdom” around which the rest of the world merely revolved. To the country’s current leaders, the prediction that China will soon be the world’s largest economy is merely the restoration of normalcy after a “century of humiliation” at the hands of various colonial powers.”

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