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20 years after 9/11

US and China will both be 'Middle Kingdoms' in future: Bill Emmott

Former Economist editor foresees a bipolar world operating separately

Paramilitary police march in formation at the entrance to Beijing's Forbidden City. Bill Emmott says both the U.S. and China will become "Middle Kingdoms" in a bipolar world.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- After two decades of the war on terror, the world is back to where it was pre-9/11: a superpower competition between the U.S. and China, according to former Economist editor Bill Emmott.

Now we enter an increasingly bipolar world where Washington and Beijing operate separately in international affairs, talking to each other only when they need to, he told Nikkei in an interview.

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