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The US–China Disruption and the World Order

As foreign offices around the world try to make sense of the disruption in United States–China relations, it is useful to step back and see where things might be headed. The uncertainty revolves around some fundmental questions: Will the two erstwhile allies during the first Cold War wage a similar struggle against one another? What will be the normative basis of their rivalry? Is it about power or incongruent visions of the world order?

China’s foreign minister recently declared that “some political for­ces in the US (United States)” are pushing US and China “to the brink of a new Cold War.” Many analysts too predict that Washington and Beijing are poised for a contentious ideological struggle that could unravel the world as it exists today. The fact, however, is we are still at a flux. Neither Beijing or Washington have truly come to terms with the next chapter in their interactions or its implications for the future international order. Each side will have a vote on the future course of the relationship.

Foreign offices around the world are trying to make sense of the deterioration in the Sino–American relationship. The uncertainty revolves around some fundmental questions: Will the two erstwhile allies during the first Cold War, wage a similar struggle against one another? What will be the normative basis of their rivalry? Is it about power or incongruent visions of the world order?

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Updated On : 10th Jul, 2020

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