US Democrats need a proper answer to the China question

The primary debates give no sense of Beijing as the most credible usurper of US primacy

Imagine for a moment that you are Mr Seth Wilbur Moulton. It is no great hardship. Scholars who follow these things rank you in the top decile of US congressional members for bipartisan conduct.

You have the patriotic bona fides of a man who gave his best years to the Marine Corps. You have medals of valour that it took an investigative journalist to make public. Cosmic luck gave you an expensive education and the looks of a beau ideal American president from a moreish, if middlebrow, Netflix series.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2019, with the headline 'US Democrats need a proper answer to the China question'. Print Edition | Subscribe