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Containing China is Biden’s explicit goal

By Edward Luce

19 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The American president has pledged to do everything short of fighting an actual war to stop China's rise.

Imagine that a superpower declared war on a great power and nobody noticed. Joe Biden this month launched a full-blown economic war on China — all but committing the US to stopping its rise — and for the most part, Americans did not react.

To be sure, there is Russia’s war on Ukraine and inflation at home to preoccupy attention. But history is likely to record Biden’s move as the moment when US-China rivalry came out of the closet. America is now pledged to do everything short of fighting an actual war to stop China’s rise.

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