mitigate this daunting global challenge but also dismantling one of the most

Mitigate this daunting global challenge but also

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mitigate this daunting global challenge, but also dismantling one of the most fruitful areas of joint United StatesChina collaboration . Fifth, in seeking to induce positive changes in Chinese behavior, the United States should enhance its coordination with friends and allies rather than act alone . Whenever possible, the United States must operate on the basis of established multilateral agreements and principles that are shared by allies and friends, fortifying them and using them as the focal points for joint action. And because of the political backlash against China’s increasingly assertive posture abroad, there may be new opportunities for concerted action . Sixth, the United States should neither stop advocating for its own liberal democratic values, nor surrender hope that many Chinese share these values . A deeply rooted liberal tradition exists in China, even if it has been temporarily forced into quiescence by the present resurgence of authoritarian controls. But it is far from dead, and its suffocation by the party leaves many Chinese intellectuals quietly chafing. We should not forget that the party’s dictatorial rule has always waxed and waned and that the tolerance of the urban middle class for repression could well weaken as economic growth slows. Moreover, we would forget at our peril the ways in which China has unpredictably changed in the past and will certainly do so again in the future. Finally, our best defense will always be to be a better version of our own democratic selves . In this new era of growing competition, the United States must protect and strengthen our own innate advantages. These include both our sof- and hard-power assets. So, even as we maintain our hard-power assets, we must also reaffirm our own commitments to a free and open society, an effective democracy, a dynamic economy, greater investment in education and research, consistent support for a vibrant civil society, and a commitment to rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure . These societal strengths will be fundamental to America’s international leadership and its national security and will undergird our ability to compete with an increasingly challenging China. It is in China’s best interest to make a deal with the US Zhao and Dan 19 (Suisheng – University of Denver professor, Guo – Professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, January 2019, “A New Cold War? Causes and Future of the Emerging US – China Rivalry,” Vestnik RUDN International Relations Vol 19, No. 1, Downloads/20848-23399-1-PB.pdf ) SDD Although China’s rise has inevitably increased frictions, engagement has helped avoid potentially disastrous US—China confrontation by giving China a continuing stake in the relationship with the US and its neighbors. It is in China’s interest to work with the US because China is far from the position to step into America’s shoes as a hegemonic power and take the role of global leadershi p. Global leadership is costly; it means asking people to contribute to others’ well-being and send soldiers to die far from home. Seeking reform of global governance, Beijing has yet to
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