Connectivity and Competition
Whereas the United States sees China through the lens of defense, Europe’s view of China is shaped by its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies. Of the 25 top EPC companies in the world, 23 are European and Asian (Bechtel and Fluor are the only American firms that make the list).
There is no doubt that China’s infrastructure-driven grand strategy is crafted to last at least two generations, riding out any changes of government in host countries along the way. The United States, too, needs a strategy not just for the next administration but for the rest of this century. Even though the country is geographically detached from Eurasia, three factors ensure that it will remain a deeply essential superpower for connectivity for at least two decades: Energy, money, and technology.
ROBERT STEELE: Parag is an honest and holistic thinker whom I deeply admire. I gave his book a well-deserved six-star summary review (in the top 10% across the 2000+ non-fiction books I have reviewed at Amazon) and link to that review below. This is a man who walks the ground, looks indigenous minds in the eye, and is incapable of telling a lie. He has a better understanding of Chinese strategy than anyone I know, and while he is more the diplomat than I am, we agree on the complete lack of US strategic integrity.