The United States will still be in every measure the strongest nation in the world.
Question: What will a world in which the U.S. is not the sole superpower look like?
John McCain:I think the U.S. may not be the only superpower, but I believe we will still be in every measure the strongest nation in the world – whether it be economically, politically, militarily, including morally. I believe that we will still remain a shining city on a hill; but I think that there is no doubt that India and China are emerging powers. India, it’s pretty clear that their emergence will be economically. In the case of China, I do worry. I worry about their treatment of Taiwan. I worry about their treatment of human rights. And I’m worried about their environmental damage that they continue to inflict. I’m worried about their military buildup. If I had to bet, I would say it’s more likely that China will enter the world stage peacefully. But I think it’s important we maintain our military presence in Asia. I think we maintain pressure for human rights. And I think we have to do more to respect their violations of intellectual property rights and a number of other aspects. But . . . and make alliances with their neighbors in the region. We’re also concerned about their emergence, and one of those countries is Japan.