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Allen Carlson
Opinion

Opinion

Allen Carlson

Expect Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to escalate US-China tit-for-tat this year, with Hong Kong caught in the middle

  • Both Trump and Xi are likely to deflect attention from the challenges at home by taking a hard line on the other’s country
  • With an election looming, Trump must take Xi to task on Hong Kong even though this is only likely to steel Xi’s resolve

Illustration: Craig Stephens Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Allen Carlson

Allen Carlson

Allen Carlson is an associate professor in Cornell University's Government Department. He is also the Michael J. Zak Chair of history for US-China relations, and director of The Levinson China and Asia-Pacific Studies programme at Cornell.