In his signed article published on the Project Syndicate, Ben-Ami said that the narrative that US rivalry with China was a battle between democracy and autocracy was inaccurate and precluded resolution.
“Whereas demands related to tangible assets and security concerns can be accommodated, ideological struggles typically end one way: with the unconditional defeat of one of the parties,” he wrote.
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“The United States should not be attempting to ‘defeat’ China, as it did the Soviet Union, because, first and foremost, China is not on a quest to spread ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’ around the world,” read the article.
The United States is an exhausted power, and it is now being challenged by a rising one, Ben-Ami said.
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“To ensure that this well-known geopolitical dynamic does not end in war, the United States must abandon jingoistic rhetoric and replace megaphone diplomacy with wise and creative statesmanship,” he added.