China’s Secret Weakness

With China’s rapidly expanding economy and growing power at sea and in the air, some commentators have taken the view that it’s not a question of whether but how soon China will replace the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower.

This is nonsense. So long as America retains its freedom and thus its unique powers of innovation, it will continue to lead. Besides, China’s elite is too scared to follow in the path of freedom because to do so would risk unity, threatening disintegration and a return to the terrible days of warlords and civil war, as in the 1920s.

Moreover, China has secret weaknesses. Its most serious: gambling and drug addiction. Paul Johnson – Forbes