A Chill in US-China Relations
A new Cold War in the offing?
Relations between the United States and China plunged to a nadir in recent weeks. On May 15, President Donald Trump threatened to “cut off the whole relationship” with China over the Covid-19 pandemic, which originated in Wuhan. He had earlier called the coronavirus “Chinese virus” and threatened to seek compensation from China for the damages caused by the outbreak. The rising tensions between the two super powers have prompted many experts to warn of a new Cold War. A rising chorus of American voices now argues that confronting China should become the organizing principle of US foreign policy, akin to the Cold War against the Soviet Union. It, however, would be a strategic error. Hawks in the Trump administration openly push for a more aggressive approach towards Beijing.
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