The idea that China is 'the central threat of our times,' as Mike Pompeo put it on July 21, is laughable. It’s a formidable competitor economically, although demographically speaking it has feet of clay, but it’s simply not interested in a classic military confrontation.
The only ideological tool available to Xi Jinping is nationalism. He would deploy it if necessary to defend his own power, just as Donald Trump is doing now, but for a sustainable cold war there needs to be a more credible sense of threat than is currently available to either party, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of the Kremlin/Flickr
LONDON, U.K.—Is there going to be a new Cold War with China? Probably not. Consider the case of Huawei.
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