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Though the U.S. remains the world's leading superpower, China has emerged as both a new and ancient geopolitical force. With a population of 1.4 billion people and an enormous domestic market, China is already challenging the U.S. as the world's economic, political and technological leader. On it, China – the "Middle Kingdom" – lies at the center, while Europe and the U.S. drop off the left and right sides, respectively.Insofar that Trump's policies pose serious risks, it is not because they represent a strategic reorientation for the U.S., which was happening anyway, but rather because they are self-contradictory and unnecessarily destructive.Even without U.S. protectionism, Japan was going to have to accommodate China's growing economic power sooner or later. The last chance to contain the Chinese heavyweight disappeared when Trump scrapped the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have created a U.S.-led Pacific Rim bulwark against China.With the U.S. looking westward across the Pacific, and Europe looking eastward toward Eurasia, China will be the sole winner. The real strategic danger of the Trump era, then, is not merely that the global order is changing.
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