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Passing the baton to ChinaWe do not yet have the official agenda for next month's meeting at Mar-a-Lago between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But after 75 years of American leadership on the world stage, we might be watching the beginning of a handover of power from the United States to China. The Trump administration's vision for America's disengagement from the world is a godsend for China.The Trump administration wants to skimp on U.S. funding for the United Nations.Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has raised the possibility of China joining the TPP, essentially turning a group that was meant to be a deterrent against China into one more arm of Chinese influence.Here again, Washington is scaling back while Beijing is ramping up.The world's largest telescope is now in China, not the United States.That has never been how China has sought to compete with U.S. power.
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