01/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

China's Opportunity: "US Financial System Is Seen As Having Failed"

The "Anglo-Saxon brand of market-based capitalism" is under a cloud, Roger Altman, former U.S. deputy Treasury secretary and now chairman of Evercore Partners, writes in one of the Foreign Affairs pieces. "The U.S. financial system is seen as having failed." That can't be good for America's moral authority.

Conversely, China stands to benefit from the mess in a couple of ways. In practical terms, because its financial system is far less exposed to the debt problems now ravaging the West, China simply will suffer less real economic damage.

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