America is a younger, relatively smaller country. China is not only vastly larger in population and geographical area, China is an ancient civilization with subtlety and guile acquired over its millennia of absolute tyrannies, far beyond America's mere centuries of tumultuous, wayward notions of honorable political freedom.
We learn that, far from being "benign," "multicultural interfaith dialog" attacks upon Judeo-Christian western civilization, China's multitude of "Confucius Institutes" throughout the U.S. are in fact direct political and possibly espionage agencies of the Chinese Communist Party.
America's historical youthfulness has its associated naive business and (until recently) military, model the "newcomer" chess: direct assault, "losing if not winning." China has in its ancient heritage the strategy game of "go," which entails patience, "winning if not losing," engulfing the opposition (the game pieces are marbles, which are empowered to move in multiple directions. The entire game format is unlike chess in all aspects).
Unhappily, China is not only ancient and guileful, it is also versatile and modern (note the CCP organized website TikTok and cutting-edge research and technology-theft firm Huwaei as examples). Chinese communism is unhindered by humanitarian consideration: "... after the virus began spreading in Wuhan ... the Chinese government closed down flights from Wuhan to the rest of China ... it allowed flights from Wuhan to continue to go to Europe and to the U.S." (Imprimis, p. 5).
Chess or go?