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Peter Morici

Opinion: Biden must bring America’s ‘cold war’ with China to an end

Détente with China is necessary or the U.S. will put its Asian allies and trade at greater risk

U.S. President Joe Biden greets China’s president, Xi Jinping, at the G-20 summit in Indonesia last November.

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America and China have slid into a cold war, and we should be thankful if tensions don’t spill over into a full-blown conflict.

China boasts the largest navy in the world and hypersonic and carrier-killing missiles that could quickly disable U.S. military assets in the South China Sea and Pacific. Those capabilities make precarious the U.S. defense of Taiwan and could force the U.S. to accept Chinese dominance through critical lanes of commerce in the South China Sea.