Nuclear weapons and Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) have rendered a large-scale war too costly for both the US and China, although we cannot rule out the possibility of military clashes between the two in some hot spots in the region, such as the Taiwan Strait and even the South China Sea. It is time to carefully examine what the US and China are really competing for in world politics. It is dangerous to assume that survival or security is still a scarce commodity in international politics, especially between China and the US. The current trade war is a US effort to revive its unchallenged power and prestige, as well as leadership, in the international system. While the US under President Donald Trump may be shunning international leadership and responsibility, it remains to be seen if China is ready yet to fill the void. The two nations need to consider how to share leadership in world politics. Unlike power, prestige and leadership are not only divisible, but also more effective in facilitating co-operation when shared.
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A Quest for Joint Prestige: Rethinking the US-China Rivalry
By Kai He ,Huiyun Feng