The End of the Affair: U.S.–China Relations Under Trump

Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)


President Donald Trump has overseen an overhaul of U.S. China policy that includes a large military buildup, the most aggressive use of tariffs since World War II, the tightest investment and immigration restrictions since the Cold War, and the most expensive piece of soft power legislation in at least a decade. Yet Trump was not the sole architect of the hard turn in U.S. China policy. Tensions between the two countries had been growing since the end of the Cold War, albeit in fits and starts, and took a turn for the worst after the 2008 financial crisis. Trump put his unique imprint on U.S.–China relations, but U.S. China policy would have become more competitive regardless of who won the 2016 U.S. presidential election and will remain so years after Trump leaves office.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA
  2. 2.American Enterprise InstituteWashington, D.C.USA

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