In the last year or so, that line has changed as well. “Give us time” has been replaced with “what’s so great about American democracy?”
Chinese leaders and more and more ordinary Chinese are saying that China’s political system produces more stable and long-term policies, and more vigorous action, than America’s cacophonous chaos. This evolution has been helped along by Trump actions that, for many, put democracy in disrepute.
There is a new, more ominous world of U.S.-China relations that has arisen.
Many Americans are still caught in the older challenges and haven’t coped with the new ones.