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US, China must avoid a dangerous new cold war

Compromise by both sides -- and bigger changes from Beijing -- are key

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Beijing in November 2017: The fate of the trade talks may depend on their willingness to compromise.   © Kyodo

Over the past year, China’s foreign policymakers have been scrambling to cope with growing friction with the U.S. How is it that differences over trade have ballooned to include a battle for global high-tech dominance, as reflected in the conflict over Chinese communications technology giant Huawei?

The perception that China is working hard to overtake the U.S. through any means possible is taking hold in Washington, including among members of Congress. This is leading to growing calls in the U.S. for the need to hold China in check across a range of areas, including technology related to national security. The confrontation between the two superpowers, often referred to as a “new cold war,” has grown into a tangled mess that will be difficult to straighten out.

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