Breaking the China
Despite its title, The Myth of America’s Decline isn’t really about America. It’s about the decline of Europe and Japan and the emptiness of Chinese power. Josef Joffe believes that the United States is the world’s “default power,” possessing “neither supremacy nor an unlimited writ across the planet,” but is in much better shape than everyone else:
Europe and Japan…have drifted into slow or no growth…Soviet Russia has simply disappeared, and its heir’s riches remain tied to the price of natural resources. China, as we peer into the second decade of this century, may be slowing, following the natural trajectory of start-up economies and bumping against the built-in limits of modernitarianism—authoritarian modernization.
About the Author
James K. Glassman, former under-secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs in 2008–09, is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.