America and China — the defining relationship

The relationship between China and the US will shape the world’s future on every dimension. Alas, those relations have been deteriorating for a long time. Indeed, probably the only issue on which Republicans and Democrats agree is that China is a huge threat to America’s interests and values.

Aaron Friedberg of Princeton University agrees enthusiastically with this view. Indeed, his major complaint is against those who ever believed anything different. Fred Bergsten agrees that this is now an enormously challenging relationship — yet takes a contrasting perspective on the threat.

Bergsten is a doyen of American thinkers on international economic policy. The founder of the Peterson Institute for International Economics has devoted his life to the promotion of the liberal international economic order. His book, The United States vs China, starts from the view that preservation of that order should be our core objective. It also focuses on the…

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