Donald Trump’s 2018 decision to impose tariffs on almost half of Chinese imports both highlighted, and exacerbated, a growing geopolitical competition between the world’s two superpowers. Indeed, as tensions between the titans have risen, so have discussions of Thucydides’s trap – the idea that rivalry between an established power and a rising one will ultimately result in war.
Can China and the US find a way to peacefully co-exist?
Is today’s world too complex and interdependent to be seen through the lens of a zero-sum contest?
And how are international power relationships, diplomatic alliances and economic ties evolving across the globe?
Professor Christopher Coker, Department of International Relations, LSE; Co-Director, IDEAS, LSE
Dr Yu Jie, China Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House
Jinny Yan, Managing Director and Chief China Economist, ICBC Standard
Chair: Professor Michael Cox, Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme; Co-Director, IDEAS, LSE