The Future: China vs USA

Kevin Rudd: is an International relations expert and the former prime minister of Australia. A longtime student of China, he has had a unique vantage point to watch its power rise in the past few decades. He asks whether the growing ambition of China will inevitably lead to conflict with other major powers — and suggests another narrative.

In March 2015, Rudd published “China under Xi Jinping: Alternative Futures for U.S.-China Relations,” a series of three addresses on American and Chinese values, perceptions, interests, and strategic intentions, and their impact on the possibility of developing a common narrative for U.S.-China relations for the future.

Questions for Discussion

• Why are U.S./China relations so critical to both countries and the world?

• What are the specific areas of conflict between the two countries?

• What are some of the common interests between the U.S. and China and can the U.S. and China use these to form a productive relationship?

• In view of our serious differences with China, is future military conflict inevitable?

Please use the comments section below to continue the discussion with your fellow students and instructor after class – or to share questions and relevant information you came across later in the week.

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