King of the world

THE United States has survived without the influence of a government, and will live to threaten default another day. The rest of the world, meanwhile, should prepare to survive without its influence.

The former was the thrust of a very public broadside delivered last week by Xinhua, China's state-run news agency. The piece contains the usual rails against US hypocrisy, selfishness and propensity for international meddling, but also the more strident intimation that this is a "good time for the befuddled world to start considering building a de-Americanised world".

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