The game is afoot.
The US, for around twenty years seemed to own the ball, the bat, and the rules.
That appears to be changing. What I think is happening is that a lot of folks have started to push back. We have a tendency of seeing the other players as "regional powers", not capable or willing to challenge us.
But, the game is being played in their regions.
I hope the PTB know what they are doing. The way that I look at it, beating a bigger opponent in the vulgar world of geopolitics is the same as the simple world of the playground. You simply band together.