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“When does a rising power become a threat? There is seldom a single moment. Anglo-German antagonism was still a relatively new phenomenon; an alliance between the tow empires seemed plausible as late as 1899. Likewise, the United States took time to identify as a serious rival in the pacific religion; it was not until the 1930s that relations really soured. In both cases, the perception of a strategic threat was slow to grow. But grow it did-and ultimately led to war. Could the same be happening to the and today?”

“For a time, Chimerica seemed like a marriage made in heaven.”

Correct me if I’m wrong. Thank you!

1: There is seldom a single moment. = There is many example of it.

2: the perception of a strategic threat was slow to grow. = It took the United States to realize that is a threat.

3: Could the same be happening to the and today?

In this sentence, why is it “could be happening ” rather than “could happen”?

4: a marriage made in heave= a perfect marriage.
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Hi,

Correct me if I’m wrong. Thank you!

1: There is seldom a single moment. = There is many example of it. A rising power becomes a threat slowly, over a period of time.

2: the perception of a strategic threat was slow to grow. = It took the United States time to realize that Japan is was a threat.

3: Could the same be happening to the Unite States and China today?

In this sentence, why is it “could be happening ” rather than “could happen”?

'Could be happening' refers to the possibility that it is happening 'right now'.

'Could happen' refers to the possibility that it could happen in the future.

4: a marriage made in heave= a perfect marriage. Yes.

Best wishes, Clive
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I got it Emotion: smile thank you!Clive.