“There will always be connective tissue between the superpowers,” “Feeding the Dragon” author Chris Fenton writes
Much has changed since TheWrap first approached me about publishing an excerpt from my book, “Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business.” I fear, more than ever, where the bilateral relationship is going. Once the COVID-19 crisis subsides, the U.S.-China relationship could enter a Cold War phase. U.S. leaders instigating disputes by labeling COVID-19 in derogatory ways or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spreading misleading propaganda about COVID-19’s origin is counterproductive. Not only that, it wastes valuable time and energy. Leaders should solely focus on ending the global crisis.
Post-crisis, and even though I’m growing more hawkish daily, I still must stress the importance of looking at China as a massive opportunity both politically and economically. China hawks should keep in mind that with every American product and service monetizing China’s massive market, there is American influence that comes with it. Each time the Chinese watch a Hollywood movie, cheer during an NBA game, study at an American college, drive an American car or run in a pair of Nike shoes, they are touched by the subtle soft power of ingenuity, initiative, democratic principles and culture from Americans. And economically, the growing Sino-consumption of American products and services creates jobs and increases our nation’s GDP.