2019: The Dangerous New US Consensus on China

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Source: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 17 | Issue 15 | Number 5 | Aug 01, 2019

The Dangerous New US Consensus on China and the Future of US-China Relations
Mel Gurtov and Mark Selden

The trade war and technological competition with China are symptomatic of a much larger issue: a dangerous gridlock in US-China relations that may become permanent, with dire consequences not just for the two countries’ economies but also for the global economy and quite possibly East Asia’s and international security. Martin Wolf, Financial Times columnist, is right to conclude: “Acrossthe-board rivalry with China is becoming an organising principle of US economic, foreign and security policies.”1 The fact that this conflict has occurred at a time of trade, investment, and security disputes between the US and its major allies, US-Russia tensions, and US military interventions across the Middle East and Central Asia, heightens global instability. ....

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