Yes, Chinese diplomats keep being quoted in the press saying that the Western alliance will collapse, the West cannot bear the economic costs.
There really is no evidence of this. Western Europe is not content to follow the United States. They are firmly resolved. If anyway, in many important ways they are leading the way.
And, look, the big picture here is that most of us have spent the last 25 years in an era of greater globalization, greater trade across barriers, across borders, more great exchange of ideas, of a greater cultural exchange, of a certain cultural convergence.
It stopped about seven or eight years ago. And the war in Ukraine has really accelerated what you might call de-globalization, what I consider to be a global culture war, where we get – we divide at least into two economic zones, one dominated by China and one dominated by the West.
We divided ourselves into different cultural areas. Our cultural values are now diverging, not converging. The volume of cross-border trade is now decreasing. Immigration is decreasing. So we live in a world where the walls go up and people are basically forced to choose sides.
And the West is getting closer, and the authoritarians are getting closer. But that makes the struggle for Ukraine the first real struggle in what could be a decades-long struggle between authoritarianism and the democratic West.