Seven reasons the US and China should be building more bridges not tearing them down


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The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s 539-page report to Congress , released on November 17, frames the perceived “ China threat ” as nothing less than a global contest between democracy and authoritarianism, reminiscent of Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilisations” thesis on post-Cold-War conflict. To many China hawks, the threat is more pressing with China expected to become the world’s largest economy by the early 2030s . With midterm elections looming, President Joe Biden might be anxiously wondering how a US policy that Chinese analysts see as “maximum confrontation” can carry on without spiralling into a hot war. Even...