Accommodating China

Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, 55:2, 45-60, 2013

Posted: 6 Oct 2013

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: April 1, 2013


There are increasing signs that the United States and China are on a collision course. Some scholars see this course as following the historical pattern by which a declining power refuses to yield to a rising power, and war ensues. Yet the collision is by no means inevitable. The United States should be able to accommodate China’s rise without compromising its core interests or its values. Freed from his pre-election necessity to appear tough, President Barack Obama now has the opportunity to re-examine the pivot to Asia he announced in 2011 to choose between a quest for a regional accommodation and a military confrontation.

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Etzioni, Amitai, Accommodating China (April 1, 2013). Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, 55:2, 45-60, 2013. Available at SSRN:

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