The future of China-US relations

China sees hegemony and containment as the ultimate aims of US policies.
China sees hegemony and containment as the ultimate aims of US policies.PHOTO: AFP

Two big powers cannot live with each other - that is the Thucydides trap. In the present era, these powers are the United States and China.

China-US relations are currently the most important issue, as global order can only be established through an orderly and productive relationship between China and the US. Neither country will be able to realise its true full potential if opposition by the other impedes progress.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 23, 2020, with the headline 'The future of China-US relations'. Print Edition | Subscribe