Vincent Boland: China has its limits as a superpower
Rumours of the party-state’s ascendancy and its decline have been equally exaggerated. It is just flexing its considerable muscle
For the past three weeks, as US president Donald Trump tweeted obsessively about his ‘stolen’ election victory and the death toll in Europe and the US from the Covid-19 pandemic kept rising, China did what superpowers do – it demonstrated its super power.
On December 1, a Chinese spacecraft named Chang’e-5 landed on Oceanus Procellarum, the Moon’s Ocean of Storms. It gathered samples of rocks, carried out some experiments and did a bit...
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