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US is a mess but China isn't the solution: Niall Ferguson

Coronavirus exposes failure of superpowers, success of small 'paranoid' states

A supporter of President Donald Trump holds a U.S. flag during a protest against coronavirus restrictions outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on May 15.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Despite growing speculation that China will emerge as the leading superpower in the post-pandemic world, both Beijing and Washington made big mistakes in their coronavirus response and are unlikely to trade places on the global stage, renowned historian Niall Ferguson tells Nikkei.

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