6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

U.S.-China 2018 Year in Review: A New Cold War?

There will be a webcast of this event

As bilateral relations deteriorated over 2018, Chinese and Americans searched for new analogies to frame a more adversarial relationship. Asian op-eds and American leadership vied to christen the post-Engagement era. Hank Paulson warned of an “Economic Iron Curtain.” The latest National Security Strategy branded the relationship as a “rivalry.” But the Cold War is the most prominent analogy in both the U.S. and Chinese discourses. New Cold War and Cold War 2.0 are common variants on the theme. Chinese spokespeople say that American suspicions of China’s intentions reflect a Cold War Mentality.

When and whether to describe the relationship as a Cold War is a consequential decision that should not be left to headline writers. Please join The Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute and History and Public Policy Program for an informal discussion of Cold War rhetoric and the trends and events that drove bilateral relations in 2018.




  • Meredith Oyen

    Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Yun Sun

    Co-Director,East Asia Program and China Program Director, Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Robert Daly

    Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
  • J. Stapleton Roy

    Founding Director and Distinguished Scholar
    Founding Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States