Global Strategy Initiative program assistant Jeffrey Cimmino argues the United States needs to prioritize curbing China’s rise. China’s human rights abuses, expansionist impulses, and mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic in its early stages show clearly that its authoritarian values are fundamentally incompatible with the rules-based order led by the United States and its allies for decades.

The US should seek to curb China’s rise not only because it threatens America’s position of primacy, but because it threatens to undo the norms and values of the world America helped to re-build in the mid-20th century.

Jeffrey Cimmino

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