Age of Uneasy Peace: Foreign Affairs

US Vice President Mike Pence’s 2018 speech at the Hudson Institute, stopping short at inaugurating a new Cold War, bluntly enumerated China’s encroachment on US interests. His words illustrated the Trump administration’s perception of the rising power in the East, one determined to replace the United States in the global order. Yan Xuetong writes in Foreign Affairs that China does not seek an apocalyptic war with America because its top priority remains maintaining strong economic growth. Instead, the country is more likely to avoid open hostility. There are few opportunities for the United States and China to work together now, unlike during the post-9/11 years when the two nations partnered on the global war on terror. China’s adherence to national sovereignty and the rise of nationalism in the West will likely point to a tense bipolarity. Yan argues that it is in China’s interest not to rattle US lawmakers more when it comes to global ambition. – YaleGlobal

Age of Uneasy Peace: Foreign Affairs

US-China relations are as much about ideological differences as the fight about market access and technological innovations
Yan Xuetong
Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Yan Xuetong is dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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