Chinese Relations: Is the Cold War Coming back?
Chinese Relations: Is the Cold War Coming back?
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In recent years, the rise of serious military, political, economic and political contradictions between the United States of America and the People's Republic of China became a reality. In American political circles they started talking about a new Cold (and even possibly Hot) War between the two countries. The growth of Chinese military power and economic potential causes an alarm in American ruling circles. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army challenged the U.S. absolute military preponderance in the Western part of the Pacific Ocean. The Chinese military can use against the Americans the tactics of Anti-Access/Area Denial, thus changing radically the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific Region. Mainland China now is the strongest economy in the world, undermining thus the U.S. global economic positions. The American political and academic elite is also concerned about the possibility of forming a Russian-Chinese anti-American Alliance. In the U.S., however, there is no unity as to who America's main enemy in the new cold war is - Russia or China. In any foreseeable future, America will have to confront such strong opponents as Russia and China, under the conditions of disorder and discontent in the United States.

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Vladimir Batyuk
Senior Research Fellow
Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies, RAS

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