What he thinks is different from the former Cold War starts with China’s economic scale. China clearly has the potential to overtake the U.S. in terms of economic scale because its population is four times as large, Brown said.
The other key difference is China is well integrated into the global economic system, he said.
“That’s part of the reason they’ve risen so dramatically economically, and they’re using global institutions. They want to be well-integrated and, in fact, setting [up] how those institutions operate. China [also] wants to have very successful integration of commercial technology into their military,” he said.
China has quite an impressive set of technologies where they’re already leading, Brown said.
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