Hugh White

Hugh White

Hugh White is emeritus professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University. He served for many years as a senior defence and intelligence official with the Australian government befor

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Is America willing to fight a nuclear war to win a cold one?
Declaring a new cold war against China is easy, but working out how to fight it and win it is much harder. While almost everyone in Washington these days seems to agree that resisting China’s seemingly insatiable ambition is now America’s highest strategic priority, the nature and scale of the task is still enveloped in uncertainty. No one seems too worried about this, however, because they assume that a new cold war with China is going to be easy to win. The few attempts we have seen to formulate a strategy against China, from think-tankers’ policy papers to Congress’ recent Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), radiate confidence that America can defeat China’s challenge by doing just a
Is America willing to fight a nuclear war to win a cold one?