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States can’t eas­i­ly accept unpleas­ant real­i­ties like their pow­er is wan­ing. Amer­i­ca is no dif­fer­ent. In geopol­i­tics, Chi­na is an ascend­ing pow­er and chal­leng­ing U.S. hege­mo­ny. Unlike in the past, Chi­na can’t be eas­i­ly pushed around. Its top diplo­mat says Wash­ing­ton is in no posi­tion to make demands of Chi­na.” Eco­nom­i­cal­ly, China’s GDP is pro­ject­ed to pass the U.S. in the next decade. The U.S., riv­en by inter­nal con­tra­dic­tions, ever-grow­ing inequal­i­ty and fac­tion­al­ism, is los­ing ground to Chi­na. But in one area it remains dom­i­nant: the mil­i­tary. It is build­ing new bases in the Philip­pines com­plet­ing an arc of U.S. forces around Chi­na. How would Wash­ing­ton respond if Chi­na sur­round­ed the U.S. with bases? Denial is nev­er a good idea,” says econ­o­mist Richard Wolff. We have to face what’s going on. Oth­er­wise, we are going to get our­selves into one mess after another.”