A Key Difference
Unconquered, For Now

Two Paths

Brian Micklethwait:

Cowperthwaite was criticised during his time in office for not taxing the people of Hong Kong more, and for ignoring, in particular, education. But has there ever been a more stupendous exercise in business education and everything-else-you-can-think-of education than Hong Kong? Hong Kong has been a University of How To Do It for millions upon millions of Chinese, Chinese who are now struggling to turn China itself from a suicidal and murderous world threat into a creative contributor to the world. The productive and trading templates now being followed in China were mostly devised in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong still provides a huge connection between China and the rest of the world.

So, there is at least a decent chance that China will emerge onto the world stage not as a belligerent superpower in the Soviet mold, but as a creative superpower more like nineteenth century Britain or nineteenth century USA.

That will ultimately depend on the evolution of the Chinese political sphere.

The current dictatorship is passively supporting the demented Iranian regime and the crazy North Korean--causing headaches for the West. Another source of worry is the Chinese work in disputed waters and the constant threats to Taiwan. The vicious anti-Japanese rhetoric from China, and the history between these two nations, doesn't provide much optimism.



China is another reason why we have to continue improving relationships with India and maintaining a serviceable relationship with Pakistan.

Isaac Schrödinger

True. Though, I think that Pakistan won't reciprocate our hospitality. India, however, is the key nation. If current trends continue, then in 15 years or so India will have a larger population than China. Thus, for the first time in modern history, the largest nation in the world will be democratic. Therefore, the American-Indian Alliance will have a far better foundation than the American-Pakistani one.

Sad fact: Pakistan, in almost 60 years, has never had a democratic transition of power from one government to another.

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