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Lippert, Barbara, and Volker Perthes. “Strategic rivalry between United States and China: causes, tragectories, and implications for Europe.” (2020): 53.


Rivalry between the United States and China has become a paradigm of international relations over the past two years. It shapes strategic debates and real political, military and economic dynamics, and is likely to continue to do so for some time. That is not to say that the competition between Washington and Beijing, or even great power rivalry in general,determine all other international problems and conflicts. But the rivalry does increasingly frequently form the lens through which other actors view important developments and events. At least for the United States, it can be said that strategic rivalry with China has edged out the “War on Terror” paradigm that had prevailed since 2001.

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