Skip to main content

Competition between the United States and China is unavoidable. China’s trade practices have cost the United States millions of jobs, and its economic rise has disrupted the international system that underpins American security and prosperity. Beijing now openly aims to surpass the United States as the global technological hegemon, and its defense budget could exceed that of the United States as soon as the 2030s. China’s rise has touched off an intense rivalry with the United States over everything from trade and cyber-espionage to influence within international bodies, such as the United Nations. Demographic and environmental headwinds will likely slow China’s economic growth—but they won’t keep the Middle Kingdom from presenting a formidable threat to American interests for decades to come.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has embraced rivalry with China, waging a trade war against Beijing and ratcheting up defense spending

To read the full article

Most Read Articles

The Endless Fantasy of American Power

Neither Trump Nor Biden Aims to Demilitarize Foreign Policy

Andrew Bacevich

An Asian Pandemic Success Story

What SARS Taught Governments About Fighting Infectious Disease

Swee Kheng Khor and David Heymann

How a Great Power Falls Apart

Decline Is Invisible From the Inside

Charles King

Giving Up on God

The Global Decline of Religion

Ronald F. Inglehart