This past week, the G7, the group of the world’s richest democracies, gathered in Japan to discuss Ukraine, Russia, global affairs, and their increasing concerns about a rising power looking out at them from over the water: China.
This was some of the sternest wording from the G7, and China dismissed it as a smear. The West also doesn’t want to completely antagonise and cut off China, with the Australian Prime Minister saying lessons had to be learnt from history.
So are we entering a new Cold War, where conflict is avoided but tensions remain? Or are we not far off from a catastrophic war?
On today’s episode, we speak to Graham Allison, a former member of Bill Clinton’s defence department and one of the preeminent national security voices in America. He speaks about his historical theory, Thucydides Trap, where throughout the past, a rising power has often come to blows with an established one. Will China and America go the same way?
Producer: Freya Pickford
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