The Coming Cold War with China

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Hearing the news that U.S. diplomats in Beijing are openly discussing the pros and cons of boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, brought to mind the last time the United States boycotted an Olympic Games—in 1980, when President Jimmy Carter boycotted the Moscow Olympics in response to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Carter’s boycott was a chess move in the Cold War that played out in proxy wars.

When the contemplation of a boycott of a sporting event in China is set alongside other escalatory measures in an intensifying Sino-American rivalry, I wondered is America stepping little by little towards a new Cold War with another communist regime? What is the evidence that it might be?
Original languageEnglish
JournalElsevier Weekblad
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021


  • US Foreign Policy
  • Biden administration
  • China

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