No thanks...Don't really see your chain anywhere, both are equally as dangerous in the end result while using different methods. Consider the usa has started more wars recently with very little direct opposition except for verbal condemnation, the usa even managed to rope in their allies as accomplices. The end of that chain is just being self held, which is just an obscuring illusion to provide false accountability. The reason why the chinese image game is being called out on is because the usa is deflecting world attention away from their own image game.
New zealand and the scandanavian countries might the best options at the moment for the global leadership mantle, but the lack of a spotlight on them means that whatever issues they might have are currently hidden away.
Pretty much.. but I think over the last 20-30yrs they’ve gone from pretending to blatant disregard for anyone but themselves.Here's something that you need to be acutely aware of, China plays the image game better than anyone at the moment. In your link, China promised many things, none of which they delivered.
They are not a global citizen. China is for China.
That being said I agree with you, the U.S isn't as benevolent as they make out either. But at least the U.S has enough voices of reason that outrage is sparked when they do step over the line. And then someone else will be voted into power.
Compare this to China - speak out against the government and it's the end for you. There is no line that they can cross, there is no "too far". If we look at history; Stalin, Hitler, and Mao - this type of absolute power warps people's minds. Insanity becomes normality.
China and the U.S are both dangerous beasts, but only one has a chain.