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Power Transitions and Paranoia: The Crisis in Sino-US Security Relations by Fina Short (A’20) and Liam Thomas (A’22)

by jtijssen
Power Transitions and Paranoia: The Crisis in Sino-US Security Relations by Fina Short (A’20) and Liam Thomas  (A’22) Apr 30

Tufts SURGE hosted its 12th Annual China-US Symposium themed “New Frontiers” on April 12 to 13, 2019. As part of the symposium, SURGE invited Dr. Michael Swaine, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to deliver the David Rawson Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Institute for Global Leadership. Dr. Swaine’s lecture was titled, “Power Transitions and Paranoia: The Crisis in Sino-US Security Relations.”

Dr. Swaine warned against adopting a simplistic “zero-sum” narrative on both sides, believing it could lead to unnecessary confrontation, especially at a time where both countries could be cooperating to resolve issues such as terrorism, pandemics, climate change and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He nevertheless also pointed out occasions where China should be criticized for being overly aggressive.

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