BY:  Alfred W. McCoy

The Rise of China (and the Fall of the US?)

America rose after World War II, with commanders aiming to control the Eurasian landmass and defeat Axis powers.

Past geopolitics, shaped by legendary generals, still impact the world, as Beijing's global reach echoes Washington's.

China's gain equals America's loss. Beijing's every move to control Eurasia weakens Washington's presence and power.

WWII U.S. generals intuitively knew how to respond to future Moscow-Beijing alliance after lessons in geopolitics.

Marshall Plan rebuilt Europe, forming NATO, and Eisenhower signed security pacts, creating a strategic hinge for US power.

US leaders dominated Eurasia after WWII, with military bases and fleets to constrain communist powers.

Containment strategy allowed US to wait as Sino-Soviet bloc crumbled, USSR's failed interventions contributed to its collapse.

Washington's foreign-policy leaders let global power slip away after Cold War victory and Fukuyama's "end of history" argument.