@tdgeek yes its a geo-political negotiation tool. Used in a way to control the un-educated masses. If people understood the history books better perhaps the sway of stories like this would have a lesser impact.
The US is in decline as the ruling super-power of the current age. China is on the rise.
All the signs lead to it, inflation to keep the empire in check. An ageing military. Internal civil conflict between the "haves" and the "have nots".
The best thing anyone can do is to educate. Educate themselves, educate their kids. Education always brings delayed prosperity. But it should be one of the key drivers to lift NZ up the OECD rankings.
Another way to explain it is there has alway been a loaded gun pointing at your head your entire life. Why would you all of a sudden become anxious about this now. Get on with it, you can't do anything about the situation so stressing about it will just make you anxious.