“With U.S.-China relations in free fall, the Trump administration’s chief arms control negotiator recently proclaimed that ‘we know how to win these races and we know how to spend the adversary into oblivion.’ This obvious allusion to America’s triumph in the Cold War was only the latest sign that the decades-long rivalry with the Soviet Union has recaptured the attention of Washington’s foreign policy elite.

“One prominent camp of experts and former dignitaries is arguing that a new Cold War with China would be a mistake of historic proportions, to be avoided at all costs. Others are offering advice for how to prevail: enlist India as an ally, say, or perhaps befriend Russia. While China’s foreign minister is warning that the United States is pushing ‘to the brink of a new Cold War,’ a former Trump official has already announced ‘the start of a new Cold War…'”

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