Illustration: Craig Stephens
Illustration: Craig Stephens
Tom Plate
Opinion

Opinion

Tom Plate

To understand US-China conflict, start with recognising its animal nature

  • In arguing against human exceptionalism, environmental philosopher Melanie Challenger observes that we respond to status threats as if they were existential challenges
  • With the US afraid of losing its pre-eminent status and China aiming to regain it, a clash seems inevitable, but it is eminently avoidable

Illustration: Craig Stephens
Illustration: Craig Stephens
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