Unlike the U.S., China is not initiating futile arms races, which will increase environmental damage and divert funding away from climate change mitigation efforts.
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Without a new approach to crisis solving that captures the true complexity of our world, we will continue to be blindsided by systemic failures.
If we do not abandon the “take-make-waste” consumption pattern by 2050, we will need the equivalent of almost three Earths to provide enough natural resources to sustain current lifestyles.
In today’s world, attempting to “contain and confront” those with different values or systems, rather than negotiating a new global compact that accommodates them, is a recipe for conflict.
Is China’s system really diametrically opposed to that of, say, the United States? In a word: no.
The Earth is a single living, self-regulating system, and it demands a single, shared system of accounting that balances at the global level.
Less chaotic does not necessarily mean less confrontational: Biden has called Chinese President Xi Jinping a “thug” and pledged to “pressure, isolate and punish China.”
What was once a poor fishing village now has the highest per capita GDP on the mainland, and a total GDP on par with Hong Kong.
Many observers fear that China is “turning inward” just when the global economy is staring down the barrel of a recession.
Efforts to turn an effective institutional response to the pandemic into a political or ideological battleground are misguided, at best.