Principles for Managing U.S. - China Competition
Hass, Ryan | August 2018
Amidst the noise of escalating U.S.-China trade tensions and official invocations of China as a Cold War-like rival, President Donald Trump has been unwavering in touting his close relationship with President Xi Jinping and his desire for the United States and China to improve relations. Similarly, President Xi is widely quoted in the Chinese media as saying, “there are a thousand reasons to make the China-U.S. relationship work, and no reason to break it.” Yet, in spite of these positive public gestures by both leaders and claims of warm relations between them, the U.S.-China relationship arguably has grown tenser than at any point since the normalization of relations in 1979. Both countries are moving in the direction of comprehensive confrontation, where every aspect of the relationship—social, economic, diplomatic, military, political—is defined by intensifying rivalry. Left unaddressed, this dynamic will push the world’s two preeminent powers into increasingly adversarial postures, straining the quality of communication between them and elevating risk of miscalculation that could spiral out of control and serve the interests of neither side.
CitationHass, Ryan. 2018. Principles for Managing U.S. - China Competition. © Brookings India. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/10224.
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