Wang Jisi, dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University, writes in Foreign Affairs that, while the U.S. and China will certainly be rivals in many spheres, they rely too much on one another to allow themselves to become true enemies. At least, that’s one view from China.
No country can affect China’s fortunes more directly than the United States. Many potential flashpoints — such as Taiwan, Japan, and North Korea — remain, and true friendship between Washington and Beijing is unlikely. But their interests have grown so intertwined that cooperation is the best way to serve both countries.