US isn't launching a Cold War, it's trying to avert a hot one

Despite what you may have read, the United States' strategy towards China does not entail launching another Cold War, imposing a zero-sum game or even winning a "clash of civilisations".

In fact, the entire objective of the Trump administration's Asia approach is to avoid outright conflict with China. But to do that, Beijing must be deterred from continuing on its aggressive path.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2019, with the headline 'US isn't launching a Cold War, it's trying to avert a hot one'. Print Edition | Subscribe