November 13th, 2014
11:54 PM ET

China’s growing clout

By Fareed Zakaria

As Moscow continues to send its forces into Ukraine, it seems clear that Vladimir Putin’s Russia presents the United States and the West with a frontal challenge. But in the longer run, it is not Russia’s overt military assault but China’s patient and steady non-military moves that pose the larger challenge. Russia is a great power in decline. Its economy amounts to just 3.4 percent of global gross domestic product. China’s is nearly 16 percent and rising, now almost four times the size of Japan’s and five times that of Germany, according to the World Bank.

Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping deserve the accolades they are receiving for their historic agreement on climate change, which suggests that the United States and China are moving toward a new, productive relationship. Except that, even while negotiating this accord, Xi’s government has been laying down plans for a very different foreign policy — one that seeks to replace the American-built post-1945 international system with its own. There is clearly a debate going on in Beijing, but if China continues down this path, it would constitute the most significant and dangerous shift in international politics in 25 years.

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  1. Daddy's Joy

    Love General Tsao's shrimps with stir fried veggies dumplings. Speaking of dumplings, how goes the battle @Dumplings? Has Modi been castrated yet by Dr. Pol? Or is he still scrathing his balls? Qderp.

    November 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
    • Concerned Citizen

      is a puppet of the West, you moron. They don't license loose cannons having nukes, u blog tard.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
      • banasy©

        Hey ya raipist. Did ya raipe ya mother tonight in India?

        November 15, 2014 at 4:19 am |
  2. rupert

    Love rooster balls sautteed in lard. Yummmiieee. @chrissy, phillip etc. ya like them balls? Deep fried?

    November 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm |
  3. Ferhat Balkan

    @rupert and @Blue Saffron (the one with many names): Don't you get tired of posting off topic nonsense?

    November 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm |
  4. chri§§y

    @ the Blue Crew name stealing cowards...bite me you j a c k a s s! And steal someone elses name. And @ Philip...if i havent told you this lately....your approach stinks! And your "people skills" are sorely lacking as well! I am NOT dumb nor stupid! WHAT i said was...oriental dishes are healthier! Mainly because they are comprised of healthier food groups ie: vegetables and rice! I did NOT say anything about WHERE those vegetables were GROWN so reread my posts before you start your name calling because frankly, im not in the mood!!!!!

    November 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm |
    • banasy©

      Hindus like to scratch their a ss and dig deep down. Probably because of anal inflammation due masala intake (from rear perhaps) and ensuing hemorrhoids. They like to do it in public and like a dog will also lift up a leg to enable enhanced scratching from a more pleasure able angle

      Scratching their balls is second nature to Indian Hindus. They do it while bobbling their head side to side. They feel empowered during the scratching process and is akin to a dog taking a p iss against a lamp post

      November 15, 2014 at 4:21 am |
  5. Ferhat Belkan

    And you @rupert @Blue Saffron bad boys. Me no no like you. You post intelligent stuff that me no understand. And as for you @ my cok. Bhery tastee.

    November 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm |
  6. Ferhat Balkan

    Aren't you ashamed of stealing my name. I am from Bosnia. We love goats cooked on spit. Love it. With yoghurt and onions.

    November 14, 2014 at 3:18 pm |
  7. Ferhat Balkan

    People don't f ukk with me. I am the one in black.

    November 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Doe you really have to use that filthy Tea Party lingo on this web page, whoever you are? Please exclude it from your stupid childish comments from now on, pretty please.

      November 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm |
  8. chri§§y

    Lol @ Joseph i dont think even pretty please is gonna work.

    November 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm |
  9. Ferhat Balkan

    Trolls are so predictable. Obviously the last post I made was at 1:56pm.

    November 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      I believe you, Ferhat. You are far too intelligent to post the one at 3:19. Some idiotic Tea Partier is trolling you like he does all the rest of us!

      November 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm |
  10. chri§§y

    Lol @ Ferhat those of us who KNOW you know that you wouldnt use the F bomb no matter how fed up. At least not here. I cant say that i have that much restraint because i have been tempted...then that moment of temporary insanity passes! Thankfully!

    November 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm |
    • As the World Turns

      So. Let me get this straight. It would not be tolerated if Fur Hat dropped the F bomb, but would be totally acceptable if he sodomized his wife or boyfriend. Got it.

      November 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm |
      • You are stupid

        Why don't you grow up already you pig

        November 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
      • banasy©

        Ferhat is the epitome of a gentleman.

        He has been nothing but gracious to you, Philip, and you have not returned that courtesy.

        Your ridiculous attempts to cast aspersions on his character is quite childish.

        November 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
  11. As the World Turns

    This blog is like a freaking episode of General Hospital soap opera. Bunch of old ladies and dudes hamming it up. Americans, rather.

    November 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm |
  12. Tea Potty

    may I pleased be excused to go to the restroom.

    November 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    Ya know Philip i have had all the insults from you that i care to take today! You think youre the greatest thing since sliced bread by calling me stupid and dumb? You couldnt be more wrong! I am neither of those things...i may have been a bit hasty in trying to have a civil, adult conversation with you though it appears.

    November 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
  14. chri§§y

    So ive noticed @ banasy! And agree with you absolutely about Ferhat and i am honored to call him my friend! In fact he reminds me a great deal of @ saywhat who i do miss!

    November 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
  15. chri§§y

    I am finally realising WHY Philip is always attacking Ferhat. He is jealous because Ferhat is everything he is not and never has a chance of ever being!!!!

    November 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm |
  16. banasy©

    Modi from India goes to the doctor and says, "I feel terrible."

    Doctor says, "go home, get a bucket, p iss and s hit in it for a week. Throw in dead rats and rotting fish. Put a towel over your head and sniff the fumes for three days."

    Week later Modi goes back and says, "Doc, I feel wonderful, what was the problem?"

    Doctor, "you were homesick!"

    November 15, 2014 at 4:20 am |
  17. j. von hettlingen

    Fareed slams China for holding an “East Asia Summit," a "forum that would be free of American influence." How does China feel about the US-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which excludes China?
    There is definitely a trust-deficit between the two countries. China's rise to power would not have caused concern in the region had it not laid claim to territories in the East and South China Seas. That the US has vowed to support those countries with which China has territorial disputes, is unmistakenly seen as a US effort to contain China.

    November 15, 2014 at 7:57 am |
    • j. von hettlingen

      The US had pointed out that it welcomed China's rise and allowed it to gain access to US as well as to global markets through supporting China's membership in the World Trade Organisation. But it didn't seem to assuage Beijing's mistrust. No doubt a long-term conflict between the two countries is inevitable – a rising power is trying to knock the established power off its high horse.

      November 15, 2014 at 7:58 am |
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