China has been a failure at hegemony, so let’s just chill

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by John Mueller

“Many in the U.S. foreign policy establishment and elsewhere are sounding an alarm over concerns that, as China develops, it will become the dominant power in its region, a ‘hegemon’ that will have too much ‘influence’ there and do damage to U.S. security interests. … Accordingly, as it is often suggested, military hardware must be deployed to somehow keep that from happening. However, to a degree, we already know what Chinese ‘hegemony’ looks like. Over the last decade, China has established a major military and especially economic presence, and it has tried to convert this condition into influence. These experiments in hegemony — China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which has stressed construction loans to countries across Eurasia, and its rather belligerent ‘wolf diplomacy’ antics — have substantially foundered and have, if anything, proved to be counterproductive.” (01/11/22)