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US primacy: A bit soon to wave the white flag


Sam Roggeveen


26 September 2008 11:38

Given recent events on US financial markets, this is not the best time to be shouting from the rooftops about long-term American global primacy. But it's probably a bit early to draw the curtain on US primacy as well, particularly on the flimsy evidence presented in this blog post from Undiplomatic. Apparently, the coincidence of the financial meltdown with China's first ever spacewalk is portentous:

Would the last person still believing in the continued dominance of American power please turn out the lights? This is China’s century now.

It's worth remembering three things: (1) the US conducted its first spacewalk in 1965; (2) this is a Chinese public relations exercise that wastes public money and contributes almost nothing to scientific understanding of space; and (3) on that score, the US has no peer competitors.