US-China trade war shows why arms races are self-defeating

The greatest problem with nuclear war, some strategists noted during the Cold War, was that we had never fought one.

As problems go, this was a good one to have. But it meant that our understanding of how an arms race might precipitate nuclear conflict was entirely theoretical.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'US-China trade war shows why arms races are self-defeating'. Print Edition | Subscribe