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Author Response


“Goodbye, America”

Patrick Lawrence responds

I thank Charles Edel for those things he got right in my essay. “An obsolete understanding of regional dynamics and a nostalgic desire to promote American primacy”: a more succinct description of America’s problem as it looks across the Pacific I cannot think of. “Wishful thinking born out of ‘longing for the once-was, anxiety in the face of change, and an appallingly poor grasp of China’s aspirations and intentions’”: I cannot be but grateful to Dr Edel for singling out these phrases and ascribing them to wishful thinking. It is precisely the stuff of said nostalgia.

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