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USA VS CHINA: US foreign policy elite engages in anti-Chinese rhetoric and has cut diplomacy in favor of demands.

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Over the past two years, US foreign policy elites have increasingly portrayed China not only as a competitor to the United States, but as an enemy in line with the Soviet Union. Although anti-Chinese rhetoric is nothing new in the United States, President Donald Trump's administration has greatly sharpened and expanded it. This is happening despite the strong economic ties between the two countries, a multitude of science and education cooperation projects, and China's consistent policy of not interfering with US affairs.

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Prominent anti-China figures in Washington (DC) include FBI Chief Christopher Wray, Peter Navarro, the White House head of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, Senator Marco Rubio, and Derek Scissors of American Enterprise Institute. As an echo of the Cold War language, they demonize China as a totalitarian state that threatens to overthrow the US-led world order. Furthermore, the Trump administration is trying to use a tactic to limit China's economic and geopolitical progress by using strong pressure, such as advising allies not to buy Chinese technology or sell advanced technology to China.

These critics remain hostile to China no matter what China does. It is reminiscent of the 1980s and 1990s, when the United States treated an economically powerful Japan as a serious threat to its security – even though Japan was a democracy that had not been widely accused. . .

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Ann Lee
Lee is Professor II and author of, among other things, What the US Can Learn from China (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012). © Project Syndicate, 2019

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