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How to stop a war between America and China

By Gideon Rachman

24 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Talk of war between the U.S. and China is commonplace in Washington's power corridors. The FT's Gideon Rachman notes how China is perceiving U.S. geopolitical actions with alarm and issuing warnings.

Visiting Washington last week, it was striking how commonplace talk of war between the US and China has become. That discussion has been fed by loose-lipped statements from American generals musing about potential dates for the opening of hostilities.

Those comments, while unwise, did not spring from nowhere. They are a reflection of the broader discussion on China taking place in Washington — inside and outside government. Many influential people seem to think that a US-China war is not only possible but probable.

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