A New Cold War Has Begun

The United States and China will be locked in a contest for decades. But Washington can win if it stays more patient than Beijing.

Foreign Policy
Jan 9, 2019 · 9 min read
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National flags of China and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries are seen during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise 2018 at a military port on October 22, 2018 in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province of China. Photo: Zhang Lei/VCG via Getty Images

By Robert D. Kaplan

In June 2005, I published a cover story in the Atlantic, “How We Would Fight China.” I wrote that, “The American military contest with China … will define the…

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