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Opinion

Domestic politics, not conflict, will settle U.S.-China competition

Dangers at home the more pressing threat to each side's worldview

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Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting with Xi Jinping at the White House on Nov. 15: the outcome of the rivalry should become clear in the next 10 years.   © Getty Images

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The recent virtual summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping offers a glimpse of the future direction that escalating strategic competition between the U.S. and China will take in the coming years.

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