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The United States and China—Designing a Shared Future

The Potential for Track 2 Initiatives to Design an Agenda for Coexistence

Published Nov 21, 2023

by Amanda Kerrigan, Lydia Grek, Michael J. Mazarr

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The U.S.-China rivalry is intensifying, causing mistrust and stifling the impacts of Track 1.5 and Track 2 dialogues. The authors of this report review the status of U.S.-China relations, the roster of Track 2 dialogues, the record of such dialogues, and the criteria for successful Track 2 initiatives. They conclude that a new Track 2 effort focused on long-term coexistence is needed to stem the decline in U.S.-China relations.

This research was sponsored by PAX sapiens and conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Program of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD).

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