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As a consequence of the dramatic rise of China over the last three decades, the competition between Beijing and Washington for influence over East-Asia and beyond has greatly intensified.
US predominance in East Asia since World War Two is being put to the test by an economically, as well as politically and militarily, powerful China. Points of friction have recently multiplied between the two as a result of trade and monetary controversies, as demonstrated by differing opinions over the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the valuation of the Chinese currency. Moreover, there have been political and military tensions related to global security, cyber security, and the maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas.
Calls for further assertiveness are spreading through both sides' domestic constituencies. The recent summit between President Barak Obama and President Xi Jinxing showed that the areas of mutual understanding are shrinking. Instead, the divide between the two powers continuously widens, since they present parallel regional and global ambitions that seem to bring them closer towards confrontation.
Where this confrontation heads and how it can be possibly managed in order to avoid the unthinkable worst case scenario are the questions Prof. Wang Jisi, President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies and one of the most influential scholars will answer in this Pubic Discussion.
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