A US flag flies at the Port of Los Angeles, America’s busiest container port, on November 7. The message coming out of the US is that the perceived China threat is not simply a product of a paranoid White House but deeply embedded across US society. It’s simply not true. Photo: AFP A US flag flies at the Port of Los Angeles, America’s busiest container port, on November 7. The message coming out of the US is that the perceived China threat is not simply a product of a paranoid White House but deeply embedded across US society. It’s simply not true. Photo: AFP
A US flag flies at the Port of Los Angeles, America’s busiest container port, on November 7. The message coming out of the US is that the perceived China threat is not simply a product of a paranoid White House but deeply embedded across US society. It’s simply not true. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
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Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

US exceptionalism thrives, but not all in Washington see US-China rivalry as a tussle between good and evil

  • Blame US exceptionalism for the seemingly widespread view of some US experts and Trump advisers that China threatens American values and freedoms – a threat the US needs to eradicate for good. Such a ‘Washington consensus’ is far from the truth

A US flag flies at the Port of Los Angeles, America’s busiest container port, on November 7. The message coming out of the US is that the perceived China threat is not simply a product of a paranoid White House but deeply embedded across US society. It’s simply not true. Photo: AFP A US flag flies at the Port of Los Angeles, America’s busiest container port, on November 7. The message coming out of the US is that the perceived China threat is not simply a product of a paranoid White House but deeply embedded across US society. It’s simply not true. Photo: AFP
A US flag flies at the Port of Los Angeles, America’s busiest container port, on November 7. The message coming out of the US is that the perceived China threat is not simply a product of a paranoid White House but deeply embedded across US society. It’s simply not true. Photo: AFP
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.