Robert Delaney
Robert Delaney
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

On Balance by Robert Delaney

Fractious domestic politics, not Afghanistan withdrawal, is hastening America’s decline

  • China’s propaganda organs are portraying the US exit as another sign that its influence is waning. But, the reverse might end up being the reality
  • Many US resources ploughed into Afghanistan will be redeployed in the Indo-Pacific, while the counterterrorism burden will fall more heavily on Beijing and Moscow

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Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney

Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.