Say what you want (and it would be warranted!) about/against China, but they used their Totalitarian control to their advantage, mostly getting past the Covid pandemic, seal their country to foreigners, and they now have their sights on Taiwan and the entire south Pacific.
Meanwhile, the USA has one political party so devoted to "freedom" that the states controlled by said party won't even order people to wear a mask inside businesses, churches, and schools. "There are more important things than living," right, Texas?
In ten years, don't ask how China became the #1 world power. We are doing their work for them.