The challenges at home and abroad confronting the new leaders in Beijing are far more profound and dangerous than those facing the United States. It’s fashionable in certain media and academic circles to find colourful symbolism in the coincidence of the American presidential election on Nov. 6 and the start of the process to anoint the new, fifth generation of Chinese Communist Party leaders on Nov. 8. The proximity of these events is painted as neatly representing the world’s transit into a new international order. The unipolar moment of United States’ unchallenged dominance after the collapse of the Soviet Union is over. Others are on the rise as American slips into relative decline.