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China and US can avoid “Thucydides’ Trap”: Joseph Nye

By: Zhang Penghui from the People’s Daily.

China and US can avoid the “Thucydides’ Trap” while strengthening bilateral exchanges at all leve
ls, US scholar of International Joseph Nye told the People’s Daily on September 16.  

Thucydides’ Trap refers to the likelihood of war between a ruling power and a rising one, a concept first posed by Greek politician Thucydides on the power dynamic between rising Athens and dominant Sparta.

Speaking on Sino-US relations, Nye stressed that China and the US will not fall into this “trap.” China, which plays a constructive role in the international community, would more likely improve world order rather than challenge it.

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