Magazine article New Internationalist

Note from the New Internationalist Co-Operative

Magazine article New Internationalist

Note from the New Internationalist Co-Operative

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I remember the Cold War with no warmth. It was a time of paranoid rantings. In one corner sat the capitalist 'runningdogs' (the United States); in the other, those 'communist bastards' (the USSR)· Ignoring the poor inside and outside their countries, both sides threw ever-increasing fortunes at an arms race doomed to fail. Russia collapsed uhder the weight of it.

Today - as China's influence on the world overtakes that of the United States - paranoid rantings are returning to international debate. In my country, Australia, there's public disagreement between the intelligence and defence forces about whether we need to ramp up our military to defend ourselves from the Chinese. Putting aside the rather awkward reality that the Chinese outnumber Australians 60 to 1, the good news is that China gives no indication of wanting to take up arms and expand beyond the boundaries it already claims. It doesn't need to. This magazine should help to explain why. …

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