In the first part of this two-part conversation, Kishore Mahbubani, a former UN ambassador of Singapore, returns to Sinica to chat with Kaiser about his latest book, Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy. It’s a bracing read, unsparing in its criticisms of Chinese and American strategic blunders, and its tough-love approach is sure to rankle. Part 2 will run next week.
12:46: Contrasting the geopolitical challenges posed by China and Russia
23:03: The core pillars of American strength
31:23: A financial “nuclear option” for China
45:12: The fusion of civilizations
Recommendations to follow in next week’s episode.