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The Gathering Pacific Storm: Emerging US-China Strategic Competition in Defense Techn ...

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The Gathering Pacific Storm:


The Emergence of Direct US‒China Defense Technological Competition

Tai Ming Cheung

The geostrategic relationship between the People’s Republic of China and the United States has been defined as much by rivalry and distrust as by cooperation and friendship over the seven decades of its existence. The two countries were fierce adversaries between the 1950s and 1970s, and although relations warmed thereafter, they find themselves once again sliding into military strategic competition in the opening decades of the twenty-first century. The two governments have sought to downplay their strategic differences and emphasize their shared interests and the cooperative and interdependent nature of their broader bilateral relationship. Even in military-to-military ties, there has been a considerable thickening of exchanges ranging from high-level visits to regular