U.S.-China

Chinese challenge

Print edition : April 27, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping. China’s emergence as the world’s second largest economy, after decades of stratospheric double-digit growth, spurred deep anxieties in the U.S., which was unaccustomed, after the Soviet collapse, to the emergence of a competitor. Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP

Two F/A-18 Super Hornets and two Royal Malaysian Air Force SU-30MKM/Flanker H flying above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, operating in the South China Sea during a bilateral exercise, on May 10, 2015. The signs of the U.S. attempting to stifle China’s global rise are glaringly visible in the geopolitical domain as well. Photo: AFP

Outside a U.S. apparel store in Beijing on March 23. On April 4, China’s Commerce Ministry listed 106 U.S. products which would be subjected to a 25 per cent tariff. The Chinese move was announced soon after the U.S. listed nearly 1,300 Chinese products worth $50 billion for additional duties. Photo: Ng Han Guan/P

The Chinese leadership seems to have realised that more than a “trade war”, it is about an “exceptionalist” America trying to block China’s rise as an effective global rival.
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