Trade war on China. Military action here and there.
The west is jittery. Yet all we have is the return to the normal state of affairs – until exactly 200 years ago China and India were major global economies. Now they are again.
So, why is the west so jittery about the rise of Asia?
First, the west “won” the cold war against Russia without firing a single shot. Great victory – but the pride of that has become hubris and shows in a belief that only western liberal democratic countries can succeed. And here comes China. Not western, not liberal and not democratic. Jittery.
Second, 9/11 was a shocking event that dominated the mind of the west then – and now.
Wile we focused on 9/11, two things happened – rising China joined the World Trade Organisation and the lowest earners in the USA were hit by a 50% decline in income.
Hence – Trump. And hence, lots of jittery decisions being made throughout the west.
Can the west get back to rational, calm and innovative leadership? I hope so.
Thanks to Kishore Mahbubani for inspiring some of the above.