China Is Ready for a World of Disorder

Chinese and American flag textured pawns on chessboard. 3D illustration
Image by picture alliance / Zoonar | Cigdem Simsek

The very different responses of China and the United States to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine revealed the divergence in Beijing’s and Washington’s thinking. In Washington, the dominant view is that Russia’s actions are a challenge to the rules-based order, which must be strengthened in response. In Beijing, the dominant opinion is that the conflict shows the world is entering a period of disorder, which countries will need to take steps to withstand.

This article has been published in the Foreign Affairs. Read it entirely here.

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