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What is the best lens through which to examine the current crisis in US-China relations? A Marxist would predict that mutual economic self-interest will lead, sooner or later, to a cessation of hostilities. Followers of the “realist” school of international relations would conclude that a serious clash between an established power like the US and a rising one like China is inevitable. While someone who believes that history evinces no discernible pattern would point out that prediction is useless, since outcomes turn on the behaviour of unpredictable human beings.
Gideon Rachman, in his column this week, argues that there is something to be said for each of these approaches. But, given that military tensions in the Pacific are growing as trade-based antagonism deepens, he concludes that the “realist” assessment of Sino-American relations is the one most likely to be vindicated.
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