Biden and Xi Are Doomed to Escalation

Source: Foreign Policy
by James Crabtree

“After a brief, false thaw following a friendly Biden-Xi meeting in November, neither Beijing nor Washington seems capable of taking meaningful and sustained steps to increase trust, let alone induce cooperation. Both are also readying further measures to compete with one another in the economic, military, and technological domains — which raises the risk that competition could all too easily spill over inadvertently, or even deliberately, into conflict. The Biden administration hopes for a relationship characterized by competition with ‘guardrails.’ But it risks a new period of tit-for-tat competition with no guardrails at all.” (03/15/23)