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Many fear that the world will be torn apart as the gulf that separates China and the United States grows wider. But it is time to stop thinking that the two countries come from different planets and that the tensions between them are the product of their differences. In fact, until recently, China and the United States got along quite well -- precisely because their interests and attributes differed. Today, it is their increasing similarities that are driving the two apart.
Until recently, most Europeans believed that their post–Cold War security order held universal appeal and could be a model for the rest of the world. Putin’s actions in Ukraine proved them wrong, and have exposed differences in worldviews that could cleave the Atlantic alliance.