Speaking at an afternoon panel at the 2014 Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty, General David Petraeus, the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; John Howard, the former prime minister of Australia; and Keyu Jin, a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics considered the question, “After America, what?”.
Keyu contended that it was too early to talk about a post-America world order, and indeed is not talked about at all in China. “China is still a developing country,” she said, and the idea that it’s about to take over the United States is based upon “the wrong metrics” and a “misunderstanding.” “The U.S.’s GDP is twice that of China; China has a lot of time before it can catch up to the U.S.” As such, she concluded that there is a “distinction between [China’s] affecting the world economy and being able to drive it.”
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