A street in Shanghai where most of the technological developments take place. This is thought to be integral to China's new cold war.
A street in Shanghai. (Photo by Nuno Alberto on Unsplash)

China in the New Cold War – Can the West Win Again?

The Cold War as it lies in common knowledge lasted from 1946 to 1991. Now there is a new one but we cannot pinpoint the exact start of it. Experts believe it can be dated roughly to the beginning of 2018, the time by which the preceding processes had come together in a total, complex system. The US National Security Strategy, published at the end of 2017, already provided a systematic summary of the main global challenger, China, and this is reinforced by the Biden Administration's Interim Strategy Guidance, published on 3 March 2021. Also in late 2017, the self-conscious proclamation of China's global great power can be linked to the speech of Premier Xi Jinping at the Chinese Communist Party Congress. What can be expected of China in in the coming years? How does China's new Cold War continue?

In this analysis István Vass discovers the most important aspects of how China has risen to the level of a force to be reckoned with; and not just in international trade. Detailing China's heavy and smart use of soft power, its military expansion and international relations - most notably a forced marriage with Russia - he gives a general outlook on how China might conduct diplomacy but also high and hard politics. The expected countermeasures on the part of the United States are also discussed.

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István Vass
István Vass is a Hungarian foreign policy journalist. Graduated in European and International Administration, he spent his traineeship at the Hungarian Permanent Representation in Brussels and then went on to work in various ministries inside the Hungarian public administration. His articles have been published in various online and print outlets in Hungary. In his writing he focuses on the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy and the post-soviet region.

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