We’re at the perilous beginning of an uncertain era in US-China relations
October 17, 2021
The United States and China represent the most significant―and potentially most perilous―bilateral relationship in human history. Given that reality, neither side is managing their rising tensions with adequate skill or durable strategy.
That’s the way Stephen Heintz of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund put it in a conversation with me a couple of days ago. It is also the subtext of conversations I’ve had with world leaders visiting Washington, DC, this past week for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings.
US-Soviet relations defined the Cold War, with both sides fielding the unprecedented nuclear capability to devastate each other and much more. Before that, the Anglo-American relationship was decisive, from intense competition between the United States and Britain in the nineteenth century to an alliance that prevented fascist victory during World War II in the twentieth century.