It is commonly acknowledged that China is the nation that presents the greatest challenge to the US as a geostrategic power. But while the US has chosen to go the route of displaying military muscle to preserve its dominance, China has quietly set about building friendships with nations by helping them with large development projects.
As this report from Stratfor says, one of their major projects is to build massive modern ports for the shipment of cargo and one of them is in the town of Hambantota on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, which occupies a key position in East-West trade shipping routes.
So while the Chinese build ports for other countries, we bomb countries with drones. Which policy is more likely to create friends and allies?