Leaders usually exhibit a status-quo bias. For example, a superpower in decline often considers preventive war a good instrument to forestall the loss of its prestige.

Sino-US relations: a game of defensive play

Lanxin Xiang says China and the US - which have vastly different ideas of political legitimacy - are caught in a strategic framework that prioritises cutting losses over maximising gains

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Leaders usually exhibit a status-quo bias. For example, a superpower in decline often considers preventive war a good instrument to forestall the loss of its prestige.
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