Should the US pursue a new Cold War with China?

Thursday, September 7, 2023, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT

Are the United States and China “destined” for Cold War-like rivalry?  Is this an accurate framing for the relationship and where does this analogy fall short? What lessons can be applied from the U.S.-Soviet Cold War to the current U.S.-China competition? To launch the next phase of the Global China project, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings will rigorously examine choices and trade-offs for the United States and its partners in managing long-term competition with China. This public event will complement a forthcoming written debate series focused on these questions.

On September 7, Brookings will host Jessica Chen Weiss, Michael J. Zak professor for China and Asia-Pacific studies at Cornell University; Patricia M. Kim, David M. Rubenstein fellow at Brookings; Joseph Nye, former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs and Harvard University distinguished service professor emeritus; and Matthew Turpin, visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution for a panel conversation with Financial Times U.S.-China Correspondent Demetri Sevastopulo. Audience Q&A will follow the moderated discussion.

Online viewers can submit questions via email to or on Twitter @BrookingsFP using #GlobalChina.

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