i’d say based solely on military spending, the u.s.a. is the world’s sole superpower — america still spends more on defense than China, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and Brazil — combined. china is making very smart cultural and business inroads in Africa but the us still operates something like 800 military bases around the world.
america use to pride itself on soft power, and its diplomatic abilities but that’s over now. all we have is guns and money. and, yes, china is a rising power that will likely define the century