The Thucydides trap: What America gets wrong about China

We are making a mistake if we use the lessons from European history to try to understand China, says David Kang, professor of international relations at USC.

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We often use the lessons from European history to try to understand China, says David Kang, professor of international relations at USC. But we don't have to if we were to take Asia on its own terms instead of using Europe to explain it. If we look at the history of East Asia, we see that the United States and China can avoid conflict.