US and China’s new Cold War may already be upon us
The ugly exchanges of insults and slogans, with little intelligence or strategy on display, are how nations sleepwalk into confrontation
At the risk of simplifying history, one can say that the Cold War began with a telegram. In Moscow in February 1946, the US diplomat George F Kennan sent a diplomatic cable to the State Department in Washington. His 8,000-word dispatch, known as the Long Telegram, established the intellectual framework for the US policy of containment of the USSR.
The next cold war might begin with a tweet. Twitter is a favoured means of communication for...
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