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How to stop the cold war between America and China?

Navigating the Complexities of US-China Relations: A Path to Stability?

By Naveedkk Published 12 months ago 3 min read
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US-China Relations

Introduction

The recent visit of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to China has been viewed as a significant effort to stabilize the increasingly strained relations between the two world powers. While the visit was generally pleasant, tensions resurfaced when US President Joe Biden referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as a "dictator" at a fundraising event. This statement drew a strong reaction from China, further complicating the relationship between the two countries. The reception of Indian President Narendra Modi by the Biden administration and their joint statements also hint at the US's intent to include India as a strong player in an anti-China coalition. With the future of this critical global relationship hanging in the balance, several books have been published to shed light on the US-China conflict and its potential outcomes.

Books Reflecting on US-China Relations

A plethora of recent books examines the multifaceted nature of the US-China relationship and its potential consequences. Some notable titles include "The Avoidable War" by Kevin Rudd, "The Long Game" by Rush Doshi, "Avoiding the Thucydides Trap" edited by Dong Wang and Travis Tanner, "How China" by Luke Pate, Kishore Mahbubani's "Has China Won?," and Oliver Leyton's "China Versus America: A Warning." These books offer diverse perspectives on the dominant forces shaping the competition between these two powers.

Assessing the Potential for a New Cold War

Opinions diverge on the likelihood of a new Cold War emerging between the United States and China. While some predict an escalation leading to a new era of global conflict, others caution against hasty conclusions. The consequences of misjudgments in sensitive areas like Taiwan and its surrounding regions could have far-reaching implications for various countries in Asia and beyond. Even if a full-blown conflict is avoided, the tumultuous relationship between the United States and China will continue to cast a shadow of instability over the global economy and international affairs.

"Cold Peace: Avoiding a New Cold War"

Michael Doyle's book, "Cold Peace: Avoiding a New Cold War," contributes to the ongoing debate surrounding the most significant relationship in the world, extending its scope to include Russia. Doyle, a professor at Columbia University, offers a comprehensive analysis of the factors fueling tensions between East and West. While he acknowledges the threat of a new Cold War, he argues that it is not inevitable. Instead, Doyle suggests that a "cold peace" could be achieved through compromises in crucial areas.

Distinguishing Characteristics of the Potential New Cold War

Doyle draws a line of distinction between the original Cold War and the emerging one, highlighting key differences. While both conflicts involve intense international rivalries, the new Cold War is more multilateral in nature. Unlike its predecessor, the current scenario encompasses cyber espionage, technological and industrial competition, political interference, and arms races alongside traditional proxy wars and espionage. Doyle posits that this new Cold War will likely not be as far-reaching, provocative, or divisive as the first, primarily due to the absence of clearly defined strong alliances or ideological frameworks.

Critical Factors for Avoiding a New Cold War

To prevent a second Cold War, Doyle identifies four crucial elements. First, he emphasizes the importance of cooperation between the United States and China in combating climate change. Second, he calls for a negotiated resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Doyle acknowledges that some of his suggestions may be unrealistic but highlights the need for compromise on both sides. The third element he identifies is the strained relations between the United States and China, specifically suggesting compromises regarding Taiwan. Lastly, he underscores the necessity of creating new cyber laws to address the increasing use of cyber technologies as weapons. Doyle acknowledges the inherent conflicts of interest

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Naveedkk

Every written or spoken word is not necessarily according to the standards of the reader and listener. The speaker is in his own state while the listener is in his own state.

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  • Kamil12 months ago

    Very creative and powerful Naveed. Well done!

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