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Cuban missile crisis holds lessons for U.S. and China

Scholarly studies show appreciation of dangers of nuclear confrontation

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The USS Barry pulls alongside the Soviet freighter Anosov to inspect its cargo in November 1962: Beijing has ample interest in learning from history.   © AP

Lyle Goldstein is director of Asia engagement at the think tank Defense Priorities in Washington and author of "Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging U.S.-China Rivalry." Nathan Waechter is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

The world's two dominant superpowers came frighteningly close to the brink of nuclear war 60 years ago in a confrontation over weapons systems and an island blockade.

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