Who wants to rule the world? I will, says Joe Biden. No, it’ll be me, says Xi Jinping

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The EU is talking about admitting new members again, after years of blanking Balkan neighbours. The US is strengthening security ties with India’s authoritarian leader and assorted Asia-Pacific “strongmen”. Even the Saudi outcast, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is back in western favour. China is courting African and Arab countries and the “global south” with seductive talk of a brave new multipolar world, an expanded Brics and an egalitarian G20. Ostracised Russia clings ever more desperately to Beijing, North Korea and like-minded rogue states. Say hello to the new “new world order”, an ongoing, radical reconstruction of the existing global strategic,...