[Global Insight] Will U.S-China conflict escalate to military clash?
미중갈등 점입가경…총영사관 폐쇄 이어 남중국해 충돌하나
Bilateral tensions between the United States and China appear to have reached an all-time high.
For months, the two major powers have been locked in an ongoing trade war, military friction in the South China Sea, and they have blamed each other for causing the COVID-19 outbreak.
Over the past week, the situation escalated to the point of Washington handing a Chinese consulate in Houston 72-hours notice to close down, accusing it of spying on America.
Beijing responded in kind, having the U.S. consulate in Chengdu lower its flag and leave.
Has their relationship hit the lowest point in their diplomatic history and can the situation actually get worse?
To discuss this, we have joining us today Dr. Wang Jiangyu,… Professor at the City University of Hong Kong School of Law. Hello, Dr. Wang – how are you today?
We also connect with Dr. Joseph Bosco, former China country director in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense.
1. My first question to you, Dr. Wang. Some say we’re already witnessing a second Cold War. Would you agree Is this the worst U.S.-China relations have been to date?
2. The same question to you Dr. Bosco. Are the U.S. and China already locked in a Cold War?
3. Dr. Wang: The U.S. and a number of EU countries are criticizing China’s recent security law regarding Hong Kong, human rights issues and they are even pulling out from using Chinese technology. What is Beijing’s response to this?
4. Dr. Wang: The Chinese- state run Global Times cited experts who said the possibility of direct China-US military conflicts, or even the severance of diplomatic ties, are becoming greater. Would you say this is an indirect warning from Beijing and do you think military conflict is a possibility?
5. Dr. Bosco: How do you see the piece from the Global Times? Do you see this as a message from Beijing and that military conflict is a real possibility?
6. Dr. Bosco: What are the dangers of these tensions escalating even further? (especially on global trade and overcoming the pandemic?)
7. Dr. Wang: What do you think are the dangers of U.S.-China relations worsening?
8. Dr. Bosco: Do you think China is going to back down in any of the contentious issues other countries are raising whether it comes to its human rights issues or Hong Kong?
9. Dr. Wang: Do you think there can be a compromise between the two countries, or has the conflict become too politicized, especially in the run up to the U.S. presidential election?
We’ll have to wrap up the discussion here but it was wonderful speaking with you both. That was Dr. Wang Jiangyu,… Professor at the City University of Hong Kong School of Law and Dr. Joseph Bosco, former China country director in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. Thank you for joining the program
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