Krauthammer: China Collapse ‘Good News in the Long Run, Bad News in the Short Run’

‘You get the Tom Friedmans of the world ... who come back and rhapsodically speak about a command economy and the shiny new bullet trains’

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: "Well, look, the Chinese are our principal rivals in the world. You could say the Russians, but in the longer run, the threat is the Chinese. I agree the idea has been that the Chinese are overtaking us -- you get the Tom Friedmans of the world, I'll leave out Donald Trump here -- who come back and rhapsodically speak about a command economy and the shiny new bullet trains. They have completely overbuilt. Their infrastructure is essentially a weak one. But they have spent enormous amounts of money. They have a command economy. And the model, that was supposed to be the model that would supersede the liberal democratic capitalist model. It looks as if it's not working that well. In the short run, yes, it's obviously going to hurt our markets. And the Chinese have applied a certain short-term stimulus. With this hunger for raw materials. And the spike in the price of them. And now that its demand is down, there's a collapse of the raw material prices. But in the longer run, is it not in our interests that our chief rival in the world expanding as we speak, in the South China Sea and developing an enormous military and a sophisticated one, is actually may not be the locomotive that we have been afraid of? I look at this as good news in the short run and lousy news in the short run."

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