Zhou Nongjian

Political commentator and academic

Zhou Nongjian was a social science and philosophy researcher in a research centre in China for over ten years, after which he moved to do research in several US universities. His research areas include value theory, philosophy, comparative studies of Asian and Western culture, political theory, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, and Chinese ethnic issues.

President-elect Joe Biden waves to supporters as he leaves the Queen theater after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on 9 November 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

The US is getting old but China is still too green

Zhou Nongjian observes that there was a large slate of older candidates in this year’s US elections including incumbent President Trump who is 74 and President-elect Joe Biden who is 78. It is not an exact science of course, but he notes that this large crop of “oldies” is a metaphor for a greying America, or put bluntly, a country that is fast deteriorating and way past its prime. Notwithstanding, will China be fooled by such a veneer of weakness or stay watchful and humble?