The writer proposes that superpower competition between China and the USA is the singular backdrop for geopolitical events today. According to this view, the U.S. wishes, if it could, to encircle China with military bases so that Chinese territorial and economic expansions can be curtailed or controlled. Russia, with its long border with China, stands in the way of this U.S. interest.
The writer may be onto something. But if he is correct about the prevailing mind set of the U.S. foreign policy establishment today, I want a reset. So what, if China’s per capita GDP surpasses the USA’s (circa 2030)? We needn’t view that as a threat.