Washington’s Hawkish China Consensus Is Reaching a Point of No Return

Washington’s Hawkish China Consensus Is Reaching a Point of No Return
Chinese President Xi Jinping walks to his seat for a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).

One of the dangers of a U.S. foreign policy consensus is that once it’s formed, there are enormous market incentives for analysts in Washington to formulate smart-sounding ways to operationalize it, rather than to question it. We see all of these dynamics on display now when it comes to U.S. policy on China.

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