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The U.S. and China: The rivalry escalates
The principle of “the Thucydides trap” posits that when one global power is set to supersede another, war is inevitable. While China is gradually catching up with the United States on the world stage, an all-out war is unlikely. It is more probable that the two countries will use every political tool available to keep each other in check. Limited armed clashes could also occur if a crisis escalates sharply.