Editorial, The Independent | February 15, 2012
The UK is advantaged by being a medium-sized power because it can watch from afar whilst other powers vie for the new global order. ++ Mr Xi Jinping's trip to America is a perfect example of this high stakes encounter. ++ A US trip is a rite of passage for any future Chinese leader, even the current Vice-President of China. ++ Mr Xi's trip is seen in both countries as setting the tone for future dealings. ++ China is moving clumsily against the existing paradigm and the US cautiously redeploying its forces in anticipation of a new world order.