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“At the same time, if we’re going to lead we have to lead and we have to take initiatives and try to find ways that we can change the game with China. Because the game we’re playing now, it seems to me is a deadly spiral downward into perdition…

Both sides are contributing to a worsening what you call security dilemma, which the worst case motives and intentions of the other are assumed. Increasingly, by each side suspicion is so deep and trust is so rare, that each side is just desiring that the most important thing they need to do is amass greater leverage, mainly in negative terms to coerce or influence the other side and that’s a recipe for disaster.

This competition that the United States is in with China is not winnable in any absolute sense. You’re not going to win this competition, as Biden likes to say, “you know we’re in it for the long run” we’re going to win it um in the in the global environment in which we exist today. There is no way.”

“This competition that the United States is in with China is not winnable in any absolute sense.”

You’re not going to win this competition by appealing to others to follow your rules, which they don’t agree to and which you can’t enforce.’