Here’s What A Realist Foreign Policy Requires To Take On China

Here’s What A Realist Foreign Policy Requires To Take On China


The following is adapted from remarks given on Sept. 13, 2022, at the National Conservatism Conference.

China is the biggest challenge that the United States has faced in its entire history. Unfortunately, it is not the type of challenge we are used to.

To start with, the gross domestic product of China, measured as the rival GDP of a great power compared to the United States, is at a whopping 77 percent, up from 13 percent in 2001 compared to any systemic rival America has faced previously, including Imperial Germany (35 percent), Nazi Germany (26 percent), Imperial Japan (13 percent) and the Soviet Union (roughly around 40 percent).

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America wasn’t dependent on her former great-power rivals for trade or manufacturing. If tomorrow the

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