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Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus


Competition is a defining feature of human existence and is omnipresent at all levels of social interaction. The United States and China, as the world's first and second-largest economies, top military spenders, leading filers of patents, and elite contenders for Olympic medals, are bound to be in competition for the foreseeable future. But whether this competition can remain rational or drift in a debilitating direction to the detriment of the United States and China's respective interests, and the interests of the world, will depend on the choices and political will of both sides.


Kim, Patricia M., Matthew Turpin, Joseph S. Nye Jr., Jessica Chen Weiss, Eun A Jo, Ryan Hass, and Emilie Kimball. "Should the US pursue a new Cold War with China?" Brookings, September 1, 2023.