Lee writes that "The beginning of the end of America's strategic primacy in Asia is commonly asserted, but poorly argued."
First he dismisses the notion that the US is a hegemon.
"One misconception... is... that America is a genuine hegemon... [dependent on] a preponderance of hard power resources... it has never been a genuine regional hegemon. Instead, America relies on the approval and cooperation of other states in Asia to remain dominant."
"America is not a Hobbesian Leviathan with absolute authority and power to do whatever it wants. It is not even, and has never been a true hegemon. Instead, the hierarchy is consensual."In other words, the US "dominance" is based on cooperation and acceptance by the regional governments. And that is something China doesn't quite get.