Is the United States in a New Cold War with China?

In the past few years, some members of the U.S. government and academic community have argued that our country is in a new Cold War with China. For decades, the United States and China have economic and geopolitical interests that have often clashed. In fact, the United States did not normalize its relations with China until 1979. This normalization of relations led to immense economic cooperation, but tensions have again begun to rise. Does this rise indicate the United States is entering a new Cold War with China? Or is this simply the outgrowth of normal economic competition?

Those who argue that the U.S. is in a new cold war with China argue that the two countries are in a geopolitical struggle for dominance in global affairs. They contend that China’s rapid advancements in technology and economic growth threaten the United States, which have brought the two into competition. This side also points to examples like China’s aggressive stance towards Taiwan, the United States’ assistance with Australia to create nuclear submarines, and the fact that one country is democratic while the other is autocratic to show that they are locked in a cold war struggle.

Those who argue that the U.S. is not in a new cold war with China argue that framing the two nations’ relationship as such is misguided. They argue that the two countries are not deadlocked in competition like the United States and Soviet Union had been. Instead, this side claims that China and the United States have strong economic ties that benefit both sides, making claims of a cold war existing an overreaction. While they may agree that there have been some recent tensions between the two countries, they contend that there is ultimately no military competition that would be seen in a true cold war.

So, what do you think? Is the United States in a New Cold War with China? Students can answer Yes, it is; No, it is not; or a nuanced answer in between! Be sure to submit your answer by January 11th for it to be considered for this week’s contest.

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers

-Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors

-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner

-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly

Current Standings:
Yes: 57%
No: 43%
  • Alli from Kentucky

    The United States is in a Cold War with China. While this “Cold War” may not seem the same as the one with the Soviet Union, according to Marrian Webster, all of the qualifications apply. The dictionary defines a Cold War as, “a conflict over ideological differences carried on by methods short of sustained overt military action usually without breaking off diplomatic relations.” First, the difference in ideologies between the United States and China. The US government is a democratic republic, meaning that the people elect a group of individuals who lead the nation. China runs on Communism which means all property is publicly owned, jobs and salaries are given based on abilities, and the government is much more strict than the United States. These differences in ideologies can lead to tension as China promotes the spread of Communism. This tension and spread has led to conflicts in the past such as the Vietnam war. Therefore, the beginning of the definition applies. Second, the United States and China are both subtly hinting at potential warfare. China has filtered war propaganda to their citizens. The New York Times released an article about the propaganda which shows a man running through a “forest, through the surf, through smoke and flames, ready to die for the motherland. The video, one of a series that has recently appeared online in China, climaxes with the launch of nine ballistic missiles and a fiery barrage of explosions. ‘If war breaks out,’ a chorus sings, ‘this is my answer’.” China must be planning on there being some sort of larger conflict and feeling a need to boost morale for the military. On the United States end, the Department of Defense has released information the department has collected from looking into China’s warfare and military. The information talks about the PLA and China’s quickly growing forces, “The PLA’s force structure and capabilities focused largely on waging large-scale land warfare along China’s borders. It is likely that Beijing will seek to develop a military by mid-century that is equal to—or in some cases superior to—the U.S. military” (Brookings). While the military action happening isn’t quite to arms, it is just short of overt military action. Lastly, diplomatic relations have not been broken. The United States and China are still large trading partners and have yet to stop the economic benefits. Therefore, the exchange between the United States and China qualifies as a Cold War. On the other side of the argument, many do not believe the United States and China are in a Cold War because the government has not stated that the United States is in a Cold War previously done with the Soviet Union. While this is compelling, the government does have the authority to withhold information, and a Cold War does not have to be declared for the conflict to be present. The evidence and circumstances show that the United States is in a new Cold War with China.
    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/09/04/what-the-pentagons-new-report-on-china-means-for-u-s-strategy-including-on-taiwan/

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  • Ariana from California

    The United States is currently in a New Cold War with China. The definition of a cold war according to Merriam-Webster is “a conflict over ideological differences carried on by methods short of sustained overt military action and usually without breaking off diplomatic relations.” The key difference is the word “new” because this is a new type of cold war.
    It is true that we have not broken off diplomatic relations with China, in fact, both countries are planning on attending the Summer Olympics. Both countries are superpowers and compete with one another. However, the People’s Republic of China has publicly announced its plans to dominate the world. China’s push to dominate technology is being coordinated through a program called the Digital Silk Road (DSR), aka One Belt and Road Initiative. The is a new type of cold war with online attacks and hacks.
    Yes, we have an ideological difference, but it is through discussions and talks that create the most effective methods of diplomacy. The new military action has been played out over the computer with cyber-attacks by both countries investing in this type of warfare. The world has been working together globally to defeat the pandemic of Covid -19 and continue to provide supplies as needed, but these are some speculations that this may have been genetically created for virus warfare and exposed accidentally from a lab. China has allowed capital markets and investors to open business alliances like Apple and Nike, but they do require a principal member of the board to be placed from China. The issue of intellectual property rights might be risked by this type of joint business venture and has some companies refusing to invest and follow recommendations placed on by China. Currently, there is a huge trade imbalance with the United States purchasing more products from China than they export. If this continues it would stifle the US economy in the future, this would be a similar effect during the cold war with the Soviet Union that we had trade embargos to weaken their economic power. There is not a space race, but a race between the US-China for surveillance supremacy in the South China Sea. Both countries are using spy planes, surface vessels, submarines, satellites, and drones. International law is being contested as China looks to extend military bases and might in the area and control the waterways. Yes, we are definitely in a New Cold War.

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  • Vincent from North Carolina

    A “cold war ”is defined as a conflict between any 2 or more nations that was waged through covert actions, economic and diplomatic maneuvers with other nations, and an increase in military buildups and actions. This “inactive warfare” is caused by the differences in the countries’ ideologies, government structure, and balance of power. This type of conflict was seen repeatedly throughout history and was most prominent between powerful countries or empires such as France and Britain in the Age of Colonialism and the US and USSR in the decades following World War II up to 1990. In both instances, both nations struggle for dominance of power and influence on the world.

    The United States is at a cold war with China due to the different ideologies and government structure between the 2 countries, the economic strength and actions of the 2 nations, and the latter’s recent actions that was unprovoked and unfavorably viewed by the American populace, leading to an increase in tension as leaders are pressured to sanction and respond to the threat of China.

    Ideologies are the major difference between the United States and China and contributed significantly to the existing tension. This is best shown in the incidents of the Hong Kong protest in 2019 and the dispute over Taiwan, in which the US has supported the opposition views against China. The United States has supported these 2 regions because of its democratic government structure while China has opposed, due to its democratic government threatening the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party to rule under a single party and leader. The US has widely supported the Hong Kong protest of 2019, due to its demand for more democratic and human rights, with the ultimate passing of the legislation Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 in support of the protesters. This infuriated China, who viewed it as an attempt of “imperialism” by the United States and has warned the country over intervention. Furthering this tension is the dispute over the island of Taiwan, with the U.S. supporting the independent government of the island through arms sales and diplomatic visits as well as unofficially recognizing its independence while China claimed that it is a province in rebellion. The United States has an alliance with Taiwan that guarantees intervention if under attack by China. This led to several posturing and sailing through Taiwan strait by the U.S. military to counter any potential threats of invasion by China. This demonstrates a potential hotspot for a possible war between the 2 nations.

    Economic strength and policies contributed significantly to the cold war between the U.S. and China due to both countries having a powerful economy and a massive influence on each other and other nations. Both are dependent on each other for a stable and a healthy economy. While opponents could argue that this demonstrates a tense rivalry rather than a cold war relationship, they might have forgotten to mention that China has often manufactured and exported defective materials such as pet food in 2007 and recently with medical equipment such as ventilators that are often dangerous to use. In addition, China has unfairly gained an advantage over American corporations in the country through stealing intellectual properties that cost between $225 million to $600 million. In addition, corporations have often outsourced their jobs to China, harming the working-class population. This demonstrates that while the partnership between both economies appears to be beneficial, it is one that ultimately gave China more gains in the end and the theft and unfair trade practices will lead to an increase in tension. This led to a trade war initiated under President Trump for his promise to restore jobs and fairness to the American economy from China.

    Recent actions by China have further increased the tensions between the 2 powers with this ranging from military actions to its international violations to its role in the Covid-19 pandemic. China has been dramatically increasing the size of its military, especially its navy to help strengthen their claim to a massive area of the South China Sea, which is essential to trade and natural resources extraction, which has a huge impact on the U.S. economy. Because of this potential threat, the United States is forced to commit more military forces and diplomatic aid to countries in the region, such as Vietnam, the Philippines, and Australia, in order to help them counter potential threats from the Chinese navy. This demonstrates a cold war because it positions the military forces of both nations against each other, similar to how the US and USSR posture their military forces in hot regions such as Cuba. To further increase this tension, China has been attempting to dominate the politics of the countries in the region to push the US influence out to create a sphere of influence, similar to the Soviet sphere of influence over Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

    The U.S. is in a cold war with China, as the latter seeks to dominate the U.S. in most roles, including space exploration and technologies, international trade, and increased involvement into international affairs. China pursues this goal with the methods of espionage, bribery of politicians, and intimidation tactics through their military to influence the policies of other countries in order to gain advantages incrementally. This reveals an actual cold war, rather than a tense relationship, between the U.S. and China because the latter is willing to use unconventional peacetime tactics to achieve dominance despite the harm it costs to other countries.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/22/world/australia/bribery-un-china-chau-chak-wing.html
    https://thehill.com/policy/international/china/562751-china-warns-us-about-interfering-in-internal-affairs-after-hong
    https://www.thestreet.com/opinion/china-has-a-history-of-selling-dangerous-products-to-us-consumers-13063992
    https://www.fas.usda.gov/data/china-evolving-demand-world-s-largest-agricultural-import-market
    https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Wild-Blue-Yonder/Article-Display/Article/2685294/us-china-international-law-disputes-in-the-south-china-sea/#:~:text=China%20claims%20that%20the%20US,vessels%20within%20their%20respective%20EEZ.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgFP46yVT-GG4o1TgXn-04Q
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/28/1-in-5-companies-say-china-stole-their-ip-within-the-last-year-cnbc.html

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  • Drew from Kentucky

    China is a massive threat to the US just like the Soviet Union back in the 50s and 60s. Both the US and Soviet Union were rivals not only militarily but also economically and politically which is exactly what China is beginning to be. There are a lot of reports that both the US and China are trying to hack into each other to find some government secrets which is a more modern and technologically advanced way than sending spies like in the 60s and 70s. With the rise of China’s navy and the US building submarines with nukes near China it looks like that could escalate sooner than later. Just like the Soviet Union, China is taking areas of land like ports from countries. For example in Sri Lanka they took a port because Sri Lanka couldn’t pay the $1.5 Billion back. This is a huge concern for the US as China spreads it’s idea and influences into other parts of the world. The Chinese Cold War hasn’t officially started yet but as of now we are on the path towards it.

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  • Camden from Kentucky

    The U.S and China is in a cold war, tensions began in 2018 when president Trump began setting tariffs and other trade barriers on China. This was in hopes to change “unfair trade practices” that the Chinese were practicing. China and the U.S. are already much different beginning with the two government systems. China practices Communism which goes against U.S. ideologies as seen in the Vietnam war when 58,000 U.S. troops died trying to stop the spread of Communism. Both U.S. and China have been hacking each other trying to gather data on various government affairs trying to get a step up. Covid 19 has also raised the tension as both countries try to create a vaccine. In conclusion this is why I believe the U.S. and China are in a cold war that even could lead to a hot war.

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  • Victoria from Indiana

    The US is in fact in a new cold war with China. It is no secret that there has been a war of words between the two nations over many issues such as the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic and threats of tariffs but many have asked the question: Is this a cold war? According to an article by David E. Sanger, there have been echoes of Cold war era behavior such as China expanding its space program and readying its airforce. Sanger also notes how the US agreed to provide nuclear submarine technology to Australia with the possibility that these submarines could venture into Chinese coastal regions undetected. The article also notes how the US adopted a similar strategy with Britain to counter Russia’s expanding nuclear arsenal. Reporters have also seen similarities between the US-Russian space race and the modern race between China and the US to develop an effective vaccine and treatment against Covid-19 though these similarities are striking some still are not convinced that we are in the midst of a modern-day cold war William J. Burns even states that “the most important geopolitical threat we face in the 21st century, an increasingly adversarial Chinese government.” What we see daily between these two polar opposite countries is nothing short of a modern-day cold war and though the Biden Administration is hesitant to put a label on what is happening Sanger ends his article by stating “in the Biden White House, there is no area where words are measured more carefully than in talking about relations with Beijing.”

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  • Cora from Kentucky

    I think that China and the United States are in a new cold war because they are both trying to get the top of the top technology. They are fighting for their dominance from a military standpoint. They are using their allies to help get the top of the top technology and weapons. According to the article the United States is getting assistance from Australia to make nuclear submarines. Also that one of the countries is a democratic and the other is autocratic. This shows that both countries are locked into a cold war struggle.

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  • Charlie from Kentucky

    The question asked was, “Is the United States in a New Cold War with China?” I believe that the United States is in a New Cold War with China. Even though it might be different than the last cold war with the soviet union, this cold war is evolving with the technology and communication we have today. It says in THE HILL, “Just as today’s China bears little resemblance to the Soviet Union, today’s broader strategic environment is nothing like that of the Cold War.” This is turning into a cyber war where each country is throwing shots at each other over social media deepening the tension between them. Even though this situation is new to the cold war spectrum, it should be seen as something that can turn into a bigger conflict because of the effect social media has on the world today. We, as students, should use this as an opportunity to learn more about how our country handles situations and how we can impact the world around us through our tiny devices we carry in our pockets.

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  • Dillon from Kentucky

    Saying that the United States is in a Cold War with China is a good thing but also a bad thing. The U.S. is in a dispute with China and can’t get along under any circumstances. Back when the Cold War actually happened, the Soviet Union and the United States were teamed up to stop the Nazis from all the destruction that occurred, and after that happened they couldn’t have the same views and pushed themselves apart. Which ended in who had the most dominant with the nuclear weapons that they were making and who could make the more destructive one. This is happening now with both countries getting bigger and stronger. They are getting more powerful in what there doing and the weapons that they are making. This means that the United States should get into an alliance with China because we don’t want to have our country destroyed over a dispute that we had with another country. If this dispute continues and grows stronger, we could go to war with them and it would be a very dangerous thing for our country knowing that both of the countries are very powerful. That’s why we need to put into perspective how bad this can be if it gets out of hand and make sure that our President can lead us in the right way and hopefully find peace between the two.

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  • Grace from Kentucky

    I believe China and the US are in a cold war. They both have been ramping up their economies. Each country is in constant dispute with the other and they both are fighting for power. This was very prevalent under the presidency of Donald Trump. Social media and technology had played a major role in this cold war between the comments on social media, hacking, and spying and stealing technology. According to the New York Times, China hackers have stolen over 20 million fingerprints worth of Americans who have security clearance. I know first hand about the hacking problems because my mother works for a large company and has to deal with each breach of hacking they get. There were regulations put on imports from China which strengthened the conflict between the two countries. China imposed a tariff on US imported goods worth 185 billion dollars. Each country has economically grown tremendously in the past years. This year China’s GDP was 8% change this year and the US grew 6.7%. I believe each country will continue to fight for economic superiority, but I am hoping it will not lead to a worse case. I believe this cold war is not the same as the one in past years, but it could easily lead to that.

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  • Jule from Kentucky

    Yes, the United States and China are in a Cold War. It may not seem as we are in a type of war with China, but the economic risks and developments are endangered. Between the two countries, there are many Cold War traits between them, by spying online, etc. China is doing things their way to set up if the cold war goes into a hot war by Air Force running sorties inside Taiwan’s air identification zone; Beijing expanding its space program, launching three more astronauts to its space station, and accelerating its tests of hypersonic missiles meant to defeat American missile defenses. These are ways that China is preparing in the Cold War when things may escalate. On the flip side, the United States is also preparing by providing nuclear submarine technology to Australia. The meaning of a Cold War is not military-based it is to rival countries going head to head through different types of advanced technology. The Cold War can be classified in different terms and has evolved since the last Cold War, due to technology and modernization. That is why some people argue it is not a Cold War because it does not match the aspects of the previous one with the Soviet Union, but times have changed. Paul heer states, “White House officials who say that the new dynamic is not defined largely by a nuclear standoff, or by an ideological struggle in which only one side can prevail. And, he notes in a recent article in The National Interest, the world will not “divide itself into American and Chinese camps.” But the core element of the old Cold War “a state of hostility short of armed conflict”, is already clear, as both countries seek power and influence, and obstruct or contain each other. So therefore the United States and China are in a Cold War.

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  • Ethan from South Dakota

    The U.S.A is in a modern cold war with China. well of sorts. The United States and China often send threats. In schools, the kids of the united states are directly or indirectly told that China Is a terrible place to live and that everyone there is miserable, they don’t have want for their own kids. They talk about censorship in China on the news and social media. Even if China is a bad place the news makes them out to be an almost monster enemy we should be afraid of, the outbreak of COVID 19 did not help the case. Many people blamed China for the loss of jobs or cost inflation. Some call it the Chinese virus: while calling it that is correct simular to how the Ebola virus originated from the Ebola river: but it sets a bad taste in one’s mouth because people only hear what the first couple of words are and don’t critically think about things. In general, one could say that the United States and China are in a cold war because of, social tensions, trade wars, and portrayal of the other in media.

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  • George from Kentucky

    To answer whether the relationship between the United States and China can be considered a New Cold War, one must examine what defined the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Cold War is named as such for two predominant reasons: most simply, the “coldness” and, of course, the “war.” The Cold War was cold in that the two superpowers, the only two countries that could fill such a role, never engaged in outright combat (despite coming close in Berlin in 1948 and 1961, as well as throughout 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis). The two powers faced off everywhere, but they never came into outright combat, preferring to engage in proxy wars and battles of prestige. In this vein, the United States and China currently experience a similar relationship– neither nation will engage the other in outright combat, and the closest either has come to doing so amounts to nothing more than vague intimidation over Taiwan or Chinese naval posturing– decidedly less tense than American-Soviet conflicts in the 20th century. The other end of the discussion– the more important end– lies in what made the Cold War truly a “war.” Most wars in history are clearly labelled as such because of the obvious physical conflict entailed in such a matter. Why, then, we should ask, was the Cold War also given the title of “war?” History is full of countries with intense rivalries, but none of these are considered “wars” unless they contain actual fighting. The Cold War was a “war” because there is no other word that can describe what was the culmination of centuries of geopolitical maneuvering and conflict to become a sole, dominant superpower. The 19th century can be viewed as a standoff between countries desiring supremacy. With the advent of the 20th century, the World Wars cleared away any questions of the dominant nation save for one: “Who is mightier? The United States or the Soviet Union?” The two nations thus focused the entirety of their efforts on outwitting the other, competing in terms of prestige and industry rather than on the field of battle, and yet still they constantly geared up for a potential “final battle” against the other. Everything either country did was done with the intention of securing an edge over the other until, after half a century, the Soviet Union crumbled under its own weight. The Cold War was a “war” because no other word can describe the sheer magnitude of dedication toward defeating the opponent that entailed the conflict. Sino-American relations don’t come close to this level. Yes, the two countries fight for superiority of prestige, and often economic matters are viewed relative to the opposite country, but to say that this comes close to the level of conflict that characterized the Cold War is misguided at best. Children in the Cold War grew up fearing destruction at the hands of the opposing country; children today grow up free from this existential crisis. Beyond this, to establish the United State and China as the two superpowers in our modern world is unfairly binary to the still significant EU, CSTO, and India, and while the three enjoy lesser dominance, they still carry significant weight not unilaterally tied to either the United State or China. To grant Sino-American relations anything more than a passing resemblance to the Cold War disparages the latter and underplays the sheer magnitude of the conflict.
    https://www.britannica.com/event/Cold-War
    https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/586921-our-cold-war-frame-distorts-more-than-just-our-view-of-china

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  • Noah from Kentucky

    No the United States and China are not entering a new cold war. However, the power of the countries is shifting and causing a new never before seen problem. China who has rapidly increased in terms of technology, way of life, and overall economic growth is becoming the most powerful nation in the world. The United States, a previous powerhouse has shown economic weakness and growth that doesn’t compare to the vast size of China. The new problem is people coming to terms with the United States not being the superpower anymore, and having to deal with the fear that brings. Chinas Gdp is set to double maybe even triple in the next twenty-five years. This causes many new ways of thinking for the United States so that they can stay in the match with this emerging superpower.

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  • Sasha from Kentucky

    The U.S. and China are adversaries, but are not in a cold war. Granted, they disagree on the types of government and means of control of the people in the country, but I feel that both countries are aware that if a Cold or hot war broke out that would cause major economic issues. It seems the two countries have found a way to “agree to disagree”. For example, despite the U.S.’s objections to China’s political system and their stance on Taiwan, among other things, they are dependent on China to maintain what is left of our supply chain. On the other hand, while China may hold resentment towards the U.S. for trying to support Taiwan and for blaming Wuhan for the pandemic, China understands that the U.S.’s business is a major player in the success of their economy. Furthermore, A cold war would merit excessive military competition. As stated in the description of this Think the Vote, “there is ultimately no military competition that would be seen in a true cold war.” This is true. Beyond the regular competition that all countries hold with each other to have the biggest army, neither China nor the U.S. are making pointed threats toward the other. It is for these reasons that the mild competition between the U.S. and China should not be labeled a cold war.

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    The US and China are not currently in a cold war, but there is a likelihood that they could be in one down the road. Whenever the US and its advances it has made with technology or militarily or educationally, it seems like the next thing we hear is that China has already done it and is more advanced or is on a path to do the same thing. They seem to be the most competitive countries to each other and for that reason most likely feel like they are each other’s, or one of each other’s, biggest threats. Especially due to things like China’s manner or stance on Taiwan versus the US stance of Taiwan, or that the US is helping a country near to China make something that would be potentially very dangerous.

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  • Brooke from Kentucky

    Though the United States’ relationship with China has and continues to face tensions, calling such tensions a “Cold War” is an extreme reach. The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union began after the end of World War II, where each country had fought on opposite sides. After arguably one of the biggest wars in human history, to say that the United States and Soviet Union’s relationship was tense would be a bit of an understatement. The democratic United States was against the Soviet Union in many aspects but mainly due to their “intent on spreading communism worldwide, largely for ideological reasons.” https://www.britannica.com/event/Cold-War. Though there is an active struggle for dominance and competition between the two countries for technological development, China has made no military efforts to take invade other countries, spreading their communistic ideals.
    In addition to this, to declare that we are in a cold war with a country we currently import and export with simply does not make sense. “A recent study found that the United States is now dependent on foreign suppliers and producers” with one of the arguably biggest dependence on China.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2020/04/30/why-is-the-us-is-so-ridiculously-dependent-on-china/?sh=3c8ac44056b5. Though there are tensions between the countries, and these tensions could possibly escalate into something greater, until the United States prioritizes democratic ideals over economic success, we will not enter any wars directly with China.

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  • Jake from Kentucky

    Do I think that there is a cold war between the USA and China? I do not think there is an actual cold war going on. I believe that it is more of just rising tensions between the two countries. There are things going on but none that I would consider worthy of the “cold war” title. According to an article by The Hill, it is clear that there are multiple reasons for why this is not a cold war situation. The article states, “But even if we just focus on China for another moment, it also should be evident that the greatest challenges China presents are more likely the globally emergent phenomena to which its behavior already contributes rather than its raw military power. So again, the Cold War model fails us.” In conclusion, I truly believe that the answer to whether or not we are in a cold war with China is no.

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  • Ellie from Kentucky

    Calling something a “Cold-War” implies that there is a military struggle between the two sides, but rather than the war being fought on a battlefield it is done discreetly through spies and the internet. These strategies were all seen when the U.S. was in an actual cold-war with the Soviet Union. Currently the U.S. is having issues with China in relation to racing to create a new vaccine and economic issues (more specifically trade issues). However, I would hardly call this a cold-war. Calling this a cold-war when it really is not is just a way of inciting panic and drawing responses from the people of both nations. This quote from an article in The Hill states that the words we use to describe this can and will have an impact. “Well, it matters in a general sense because language influences thought.” The article goes on to talk about a psychological phenomenon known as framing. Framing is used in everything from news articles to surveys and its purpose is to evoke a certain feeling from the reader. Framing this situation as a cold-war seems a bit overkill to me. I can see how the situation could escalate to a cold-war, but currently I would just label it as a power struggle between two global superpowers.

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  • Natalie from Kentucky

    The United States and China are not in a cold war. Although there is definitely some tension over Covid-19, advancements in technology, and threatening economic growth, the United States and China are in a state of competition, NOT in a cold war. Even though the relationship between the two countries could be stronger, the United States is on good terms with China. The exchange of economic goods and trade is still flowing smoothly and there isn’t a need for military action. President Biden even stated, “We are not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs.” To conclude, the United States and China’s tension is a mere result of intense competition, not a nuclear cold war.

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    I do not think we are currently in a cold war with China. I think this because neither side is really ramping up production of military at an alarming rate. neither side is either ramping up their economy to support high military output. If the US were to support a high military output like they did to the USSR, then we would definitely see a quick change to have different factories producing military products instead of cars and other products.

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