5 The Geopolitical War5 The Geopolitical War7 The Geopolitical War7 The Geopolitical WarThe Geopolitical WarChapter 7: US-China Relations and Wars2020-10-18Journal7 The Geopolitical War5 The Geopolitical WarThe economics that China is providing these countries is significant and is working in a way that is broadly similar to the way the United States provided economic benefits to key countries after World War II to help secure the desired relationships.  America’s influence relative to China’s influence is fading fast.  It was not many years ago that there were no significant rivals to the United States so it was quite easy for the United States to simply express its wishes and find that most countries would comply; the only rival powers were the Soviet Union (which wasn’t much of a rival), its allies, and a few of the developing countries that were not economic rivals.  Over the last few years Chinese influence over other countries has been expanding while US influence has been receding.  That is also true in multilateral organizations—e.g., the United Nations, the IMF, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Court of Justice—most of which were set up by the United States at the beginning of the American world order.  As the United States has been pulling back from them, these organizations are weakening and China is playing a greater role in them. Continue reading…