Some very smart people are predicting that this is the century of China. But when will they replace America as the world leader? The best case scenario for the West is not until 2099. The worst case scenario for the West is 2020.
But let’s say the better class of folk are correct and China does in fact become a democracy but not until say 2055. In that case in 2020 you have a world leader that is a dictatorship for another 35 years. On the other hand by 2099 you would have had a Chinese democracy for 44 years.
What is America’s long term strategy for obtaining the best worldwide outcome? Given the present conversation in Washington, we clearly do not have one! So you should expect America to lose its leadership role sooner as opposed to later in this century!