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China v. America: Avoiding The War That Nobody Wants

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8, 2017.
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Is war with China inevitable? While the Peloponnesian War may have taken place a quarter millennia ago, there are striking parallels between the forces that drove Athens and Sparta towards conflict and the modern Sino-American geopolitical dynamic. In this episode, Juliette speaks with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Graham Allison, author of "Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" to learn more about how these "great powers" conflicts get started, and most importantly, how they can be avoided entirely.

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