Thucydides famously described the Peloponnesian War; beneath the exoteric reading of the text there is a grand commentary on geopolitics. After all, Sparta was the land power and Athens the sea power. What is the relationship between sea power and imperialism? What is the relationship between land power and “autocracy”? In this essay, published at Merion West, I explore the geopolitical reality to the coming “Great Game” in East Asia and why the assertion of Chinese power in the region is inevitable and unstoppable. Read the essay here: What Can Thucydides Teach us About the Rise of China?