China and America: A Global Power Struggle

For better or worse, China is America’s most important peer, keenest friend, and most dangerous enemy, as well as the only country that truly jeopardizes American hegemony. China’s ambitions in Asia threaten American interests far more than Putin’s Russia do in Europe. Meanwhile, major American companies like Apple, Tesla, and Wal-Mart can overlook Russia with 146 million people and a stagnating economy, but they all need China’s market of 1.4 billion to thrive. In 2020, United States trade with Russia was an anemic $22 billion, less than half of US trade with the Netherlands. Trade with China, however, was $560 billion. It’s not a new cold war, nor is it a “great game” for the 21st century. But what is it? And how did we get to where we are today? This course will explore the messy new reality of competition between the United States and China, from fights over the coronavirus to trade tensions to Beijing’s censorship of Hollywood films to the battle for tech dominance. It will seek to address the two questions of our time: What does China’s rise mean for the United States? And how should the US respond?

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the major milestones in Chinese history since the rise of the Communist Party
  • Geopolitical and historical context for analyzing issues such as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the US-China trade war, and China’s global influence

Ideal for

  • Those interested in gaining analysis and context of today’s critical topics
  • Students seeking a better understanding of the US-China relationship
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.