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COVID-19 Is Finishing Off the Sino-American Relationship

At a time when the world is facing an imminent shared threat, an escalating cold war between its two largest economies is the last thing anyone needs. And yet, given a toxic brew of ideological hostility, a prolonged trade war, geopolitical rivalry, and domestic politicking, that outcome is more likely than not.

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – Having already claimed nearly 217,000 lives and sent the global economy toward its deepest slump since the Great Depression, the COVID-19 crisis is bound to reshape geopolitics. While the contours of the post-pandemic order remain to be seen, one thing seems certain: far from normalizing their relationship, the United States and China are likely to become increasingly estranged – and increasingly hostile.