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With or without Xi Jinping, U.S.-China rivalry is here to stay

Beijing has always had aspirations of overtaking Washington

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President Xi Jinping inspects troops of the People's Liberation Army at Zhurihe training base in Inner Mongolia in 2017: The U.S.-China rivalry will continue until one can no longer bear the cost.   © Xinhua/AP

Alexander L. Vuving is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. The views expressed in this article are his own.

When Xi Jinping became head of the Chinese Communist Party a decade ago, he ushered in a new era of foreign policy by jettisoning a key dictum of late leader Deng Xiaoping that had guided Beijing's grand strategy for more than two decades.

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