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The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups in the South China Sea The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups steam in formation in the South China Sea, July 6, 2020 (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Tarleton for U.S. Navy via AP Images).

The U.S. Can No Longer Ignore or Contain China. What Now?

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

With the unrelenting news of soaring coronavirus cases in the United States, and the historic push to address long-ignored questions of racial and social justice, one of this era’s most consequential issues has received less attention, but it will soon stand out again. How should the United States and the West more broadly respond to the continuing rise of China?

Consider some major developments in recent weeks, starting with the imposition by Beijing of a new security law on Hong Kong. The law sharply curtails what was left of Hong Kong’s semiautonomous status, which was promised to last for 50 years after the city’s handover to China from Britain in 1997. ...

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