"All nation states, especially rising powers, desire a favourable global
environment in which they can acquire power, prosperity and prestige. The
postwar system greatly aided China, and it would be incorrect to claim Beijing
wants to dismantle it entirely.
Similarly, it would be disingenuous to overlook the many instances where the US
and other liberal democracies have behaved inconsistently.
But the Chinese Communist Party, which leads an authoritarian state, sees the
liberal values embedded in the present order as a threat to its rule. Unlike
the US, which at times ignores or violates these principles, China needs many
of them to be suppressed, even eliminated.
As China seeks to remake the international order, the challenge is to
understand where and how Beijing’s efforts will undercut its liberal character,
and to identify where it is possible to resist."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics