Donald Trump’s Asia trip was historic in one respect: it belatedly focused American attention on the competition between the United States and China for global primacy. China has risen, the era of uncontested American leadership has ended, and any American with a television set now knows it—thanks to the media’s proper framing of Trump’s and Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping’s activities in Beijing and Da Nang, Vietnam. In those cities, the two men were treated by media as equally authoritative as they laid out disparate visions for the future of the eastern hemisphere. It seems we are no longer number one. It’s a tie, for now.
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