Trump’s policy of suppressing China has not been effective, and the structural contradictions between China and the United States have not yet reached a true tipping point.
Recently, the Trump administration has launched a series of all-round attacks, sanctions, and containment policies toward China, making many commentators very pessimistic about the future trend of China-U.S. relations. It seems that the “cold war” between China and the United States will really materialize under such circumstances. These concerns are not unreasonable, but they also ignore the patterns of development in China-U.S. relations, especially the dynamic of balance against the background of great historical change. Therefore, they may mislead on the driving forces and on the possibility of China-U.S. cooperation.
Dingding Chen is Professor of International Relations at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China and Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) Berlin, Germany. He is also the Founding Director of 海国图智研究院 （Intellisia Institute）, a newly established independent think tank focusing on international affairs in China. His research interests include: Chinese foreign policy, Asian security, Chinese politics, and human rights. He can be found on Twitter at @ChenDingding.