The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducting operations in the South China Sea on April 28. The disputed waters in the South China Sea are a potential flash point between China and the United States, but it would be inaccurate to describe the tensions as a new cold war. Photo: AFP The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducting operations in the South China Sea on April 28. The disputed waters in the South China Sea are a potential flash point between China and the United States, but it would be inaccurate to describe the tensions as a new cold war. Photo: AFP
The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducting operations in the South China Sea on April 28. The disputed waters in the South China Sea are a potential flash point between China and the United States, but it would be inaccurate to describe the tensions as a new cold war. Photo: AFP
Christian Le Miere
Opinion

Opinion

Christian Le Miere

China’s relations with the US are at their lowest for 30 years, but don’t call it a new cold war

  • Far-flung proxy wars and ideological competition that defined US-Soviet competition after World War II are missing in current landscape
  • Deterring where necessary and bolstering international institutions are preferable to drawing another iron curtain across the world

The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducting operations in the South China Sea on April 28. The disputed waters in the South China Sea are a potential flash point between China and the United States, but it would be inaccurate to describe the tensions as a new cold war. Photo: AFP The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducting operations in the South China Sea on April 28. The disputed waters in the South China Sea are a potential flash point between China and the United States, but it would be inaccurate to describe the tensions as a new cold war. Photo: AFP
The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry conducting operations in the South China Sea on April 28. The disputed waters in the South China Sea are a potential flash point between China and the United States, but it would be inaccurate to describe the tensions as a new cold war. Photo: AFP
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