Cooperation, Uncertainty, and the Rise of China: It’s About “Time”

March 22, 2018

by David M. Edelstein



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Underexplored in debates about power transitions is why declining powers typically pursue a mix of cooperative and competitive strategies toward rising and potentially threatening powers? Cooperation between the United States and China has been facilitated by the interaction of short time horizons of a declining power and long time horizons of a rising power.