Apr 13, 2022
The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and China with Kevin Rudd
A war between China and the US would be catastrophic, deadly, and destructive. Unfortunately, it is no longer unthinkable. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia joined Kevin Rudd, a former Australian prime minister who has studied, lived in, and worked with China for more than forty years, to hear his insight on how the two superpowers can coexist.
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About the Event
A war between China and the US would be catastrophic, deadly, and destructive. Unfortunately, it is no longer unthinkable.
The relationship between the US and China, the world’s two superpowers, is peculiarly volatile. It rests on a seismic fault—of cultural misunderstanding, historical grievance, and ideological incompatibility. No other nations are so quick to offend and be offended. Their militaries play a dangerous game of chicken, corporations steal intellectual property, intelligence satellites peer, and AI technicians plot. The capacity for either country to cross a fatal line grows daily.
Mr. Kevin Rudd, a former Australian prime minister who has studied, lived in, and worked with China for more than forty years, is one of the very few people who can offer real insight into the mindsets of the leadership whose judgment will determine if a war will be fought. Geopolitical disaster is still avoidable, but only if these two giants can find a way to coexist without betraying their core interests through what Rudd calls “managed strategic competition.” Should they fail, down that path lies the possibility of a war that could rewrite the future of both countries, and the world.
About the Speaker
Mr. Kevin Rudd, President & CEO, Asia Society; President, Asia Society Policy Institute; former Prime Minister of Australia