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How bad could China-US relations get? With Rana Mitter

This week marks the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s visit to China. In 2022, there are warnings the US and China are entering a new Cold War, while the latter’s relationship with Russia is strengthening.

The New Statesman’s senior editor of China and global affairs, Katie Stallard, interviews the historian and author Rana Mitter, whose most recent book is China’s Good War: How World War II is Shaping a New Nationalism (2020). They discuss what drove Beijing and Washington, DC together back in 1972, what could happen today in Taiwan, and how China now sees its place in the international order.

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Further reading:

China doesn’t just want to be part of the global order – it wants to shape it

China backs Russia in calling for an end to Nato expansion

Ukraine crisis forces Biden to rethink foreign policy goals

The nuclear tinderbox: why the Indo-Pacific is the new arena of great power rivalry

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