Advent of post-American era is historical inevitability

In the recent years, many scholars from home and abroad have been pondering a historically significant question: will the post-American era come and where will it bring us to? My answer to this question is: the post-American era is coming and will end the American Century.

The year 2008 could be defined as the beginning year of the post-American era, when the financial crisis initially damaged the Wall Street. And since the year 2017, this trend has gained momentum.

Unprecedented changes in international structure

The rise of the developing nations led by China has substantially changed the world structure economically and ideologically. China has positively and comprehensively taken part in the global governance, which is a part of the global economic and political affairs. China is standing on a new historical stage by changing its relationship with the world.

Different from the era when the world was overwhelmingly governed by the Western countries, the post-American era creates a world where the Eastern and Western countries share the responsibility of global governance, with countries considering democratization of international relations as their common goal and expecting China to play a leading role in global governance. It is a historical trend that is irreversible, just as former US diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski has said that the center of the global power has shifted from the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean to the Far East.

However, the changes in world order in the 21st century will make the post-American era full of uncertainties as the geopolitical risks are heating up.

The United States will be reluctant to see the termination of Pax Americana and will stick to the principles of America First and American Exceptionalism. Based on this, the United States is growing anxious about the rapid development of the emerging economies led by China.

Unprecedented changes in globalization

The confrontation between the forces of globalization and anti-globalization is intensifying. It is ridiculous that some major Western countries, which supported globalization, are now boycott globalization, while the emerging developing countries led by China are welcoming globalization. It is a puzzling phenomenon in the post-American era, which needs us to reflect on.

Currently, the United States has a totally different view about globalization. Thinking that it will get fewer benefits from the trend, it is harboring an intention to squeeze out China by trying to rewrite the international economic rules and reallocate its global interests.

The extreme egoism of the United States is not consistent with the trend of globalization. And if the United States cannot readjust its stance, the confrontation between the countries supporting globalization and anti-globalization forces will escalate, which will be detrimental to the world.

Looking back into the history, the advent of the post-American era and the trend of globalization is the historical inevitability and meets the requirements of the countries longing for peace and development.

An important indicator of the post-American era or the globalization era is that the guiding ideology of the global economic development and the development mode is changing. I believe that the global security system in the post-American era will change as countries are switching to collective security, cooperative security and common security. At the same time, China is calling for the establishment of the multilateral mechanism and the creation of the global partnership network under the framework of the United Nations.

In a word, since the world entered the post-American era, the world order, global governance and the global economy have been undergoing significant adjustments, with the institutional crisis of globalization looming. In light of it, as a big developing country, China should keep its strategic goals unchanged and make efforts to promote globalization with other partner countries.

He Yafei is former Chinese vice foreign minister and deputy director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council.

(Opinions expressed in the article don't represent those of the Sino-US.com.)


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