Navigating the Way Ahead with China
In the late 19th century, a new day dawned in the Pacific, and two rising powers began the tortuous dance of rivalry. As Imperial Spain imploded under domestic and colonial pressures, the United States swiftly usurped its seat in the international order with Admiral George Dewey’s victory at Manila Bay. Similarly, Imperial Japan ravaged Russian power in the Pacific at Tsushima and Port Arthur, stunning the West. By the 1920s, both the United States and Japan enjoyed great prosperity, but as the eagle and sun soared, so their interests diverged and the maritime competition escalated. Twenty-first century China’s sprint toward modernization and military might bears ominous markers of Imperial Japan’s tragic path. Using key parallels from its past competition and conflict with Imperial Japan as a guide, the U.S.