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Author: Zhao Qiguang;
Language: English
Page: 124
Publication Date: 12/2012
ISBN: 9787511011435
Publisher: Dolphin Book
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Qiguang Zhao is a Ph.D of Comparative Literature. He is a tenured professor and Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Carleton College in America. At the same time, heal so held other distinguished positions:professor at Tongji University, visitingresearcher at Tsinghua University. In his 30years' experience in America, he has beendevoted himself to the communication of Chinese culture and taken foreign students to study in China, which has greatly promoted the cultural exchange between America and China. His works in Chinese include Shi LuXin Cheng, The Tao that Can Be Told: AnIllustrated New Taoism, Selected Reading of Conrad's Short Stories, Stranger in a StrangeLand, and the Wisdom of Lao Tze. FIis works in English include A Study of Dragons:East and West, and Do Nothing and Do Everything: An Illustrated New Taoism.
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Americans like to think that our preeminence comes from ourgovernmental and economic systems. Small government, we'vetold ourselves, built our wealth. Truth is however that the mostprimary reason for our wealth was World War II. We were the onlyindustrial nation that was not completely destroyed during the war.After hostilities ended, the only factories capable of re-supplying theworld were in America. And thus our middle class was born. Fromour middle class sprung forth our consumer society. 
Our military preeminence came about in much the sameway. The Soviets scared a good portion of the world. Thus,countries which would have, in other historical circumstances,never allowed America to continue militarily unchallenged,allowed America to continue playing Leviathan on the worldstage. When the Soviet Union collapsed, we were essentially theworld's only genuine military power. 
China is incapable of doing what America did simplybecause the historical circumstances that allowed America's riseare unlikely to repeat themselves for another nation. It's not thatChina couldn't do this as a polity, rather that China is unlikelyto have the opportunity to try. For now, another true global warseems unlikely. 
Nevertheless, China will continue its rise and America willcontinue its trend towards relative decline. This is not to say thatChina will overtake the United States any time soon. Instead, weare entering a multipolar world of sorts.
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