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Comparisons of a New Sino-US Cold War with the Old Soviet (Sino)-US Cold War

Professor Gilbert Rozman (Princeton University and The Asan Forum)

Date: 25 January 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 25 January 2021Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar



A cold war can be differentiated into four primary dimensions: geographic, strategic, economic, and national identity. All four dimensions in the 2020s are likely to differ significantly from what prevailed at the peak of the first Cold War in the 1960s. Geography is becoming focused on the Indo-Pacific, Strategy is centering on high tech. Economics is preoccupied with supply chains. Finally, the key identity divide is not ideology, although that matters, but a combination of history, civilizations, and state-society relations. Yet lessons should be drawn from certain parallels between the two situations with the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, and Asia’s southern tier the sites of the main battlegrounds of the past and again hotly contested.


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Comparisons of a New Sino-US Cold War with the Old Soviet (Sino)-US Cold War


Professor Gilbert Rozman is an Emeritus Professor at Princeton University and Editor-in-chief at The Asan Forum. Professor Rozman was on the faculty at Princeton from 1970 to 2013 and since then has edited the bi-monthly online journal, The Asan Forum on international relations in the Indo-Pacific.


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Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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