10 'unthinkable questions' for the US on relations with China

America is making a big strategic mistake by launching a geopolitical contest with China without first developing a comprehensive and global strategy to deal with China, says the writer. The book, published by Public Affairs, 2020, is available for $
America is making a big strategic mistake by launching a geopolitical contest with China without first developing a comprehensive and global strategy to deal with China, says the writer. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

This is an excerpt from the book, Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge To American Primacy, by Kishore Mahbubani

One thing is certain. The geopolitical contest that has broken out between America and China will continue for the next decade or two.

Although President Donald Trump launched the first round in 2018, it will outlast his administration. The president has divided America on all his policies, except one: his trade and technological war against China. Indeed, he has received strong bipartisan support for it, and a strong consensus is developing in the American body politic that China represents a threat to America.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 26, 2020, with the headline '10 'unthinkable questions' for the US on relations with China'. Print Edition | Subscribe