China is winning the ideological battle with the US

I just spent a month in residence at Peking University in Beijing, meeting dozens of government officials, entrepreneurs, scholars, think-tankers and students. Here's what I've concluded: The United States is losing the ideological battle with China.

America's military, economic and ideological competition with the People's Republic of China will be a long one, and hopefully will be a contest in which both sides can achieve win-win outcomes while also managing zero-sum outcomes peacefully. But in the short run, especially during the Trump era, the US has fallen behind in the competition of ideas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2019, with the headline 'China is winning the ideological battle with the US'. Subscribe