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Biden's words add to growing echoes of the Cold War

By David E. Sanger

14 Jul 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. President Joe Biden and his national security team argue that comparisons between the current geopolitical situation and the Cold War are oversimplified. They highlight the technological and financial interdependence between the US and China, and the degraded conventional military capacity of Russia.

President Joe Biden and his national security team have contended since he took office that all the easy, tempting comparisons between this era and the Cold War are misleading, a vast oversimplification of a complex geopolitical moment.

The differences are, indeed, stark: The United States never had the kind of technological and financial interdependence with its Cold War adversary, the Soviet Union, that so complicates the increasingly bitter and dangerous downward spiral in the relationship with China.

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