China’s reopening, America’s challenge

China is likely to emerge from its Covid-19 isolation a more potent competitor for influence in Asia

The year ahead promises to be an inflection point for China’s power in Asia as it will no longer be competing with one arm tied behind its back, says the writer. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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For the past three years, China’s strategic power has been hobbled by tough zero-Covid restrictions. The country’s self-imposed isolation was longer and harsher than that of any other major country in the world.

As China goes through a turbulent reopening, some in the United States may take comfort from seeing the country it describes as its most challenging competitor flounder. Yet, China is likely to emerge from its isolation a more potent and formidable competitor for influence. The US will have to adapt its strategy if it is to compete effectively.

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