Donald Trump is making rivalry with China a key platform in his re-election campaign as relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate. Photo composite: AFP The recent decline in US-China relations has many contributing factors that arise from the domestic politics of both countries.
The single most important trigger, however, is a key structural change: China becoming nearly as strong an economic and military power as the US.
The growth in China’s relative power has two important dimensions. The first, and most important, is economic. Deng Xiaoping’s outlook and reforms prepared the way for a long period of rapid economic […]