Zhang Jie

Senior research fellow, Tsinghua University/China State Council

Zhang Jie is a senior research fellow with a think tank under Tsinghua University and China's State Council. He has written articles and commentaries published in Chinese media such as ChinaTimes, Phoenix Media, Sina Corp, Sohu, and Toutiao, while contributing suggestions on topics of interest to China's leaders and policymakers.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers in sports uniform march next to the entrance to the Forbidden City (back) after the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, 22 May 2020. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

Will China and the US fight another wrong war, with the wrong enemy, at the wrong place and time?

China academic Zhang Jie notes that the fates and fortunes of China and the US are intertwined. Being in the same boat, the two should pull in the same direction and row well together. Anything else may catapult China and the US on the road to decoupling and further conflict, creating risks not only for themselves, but the world. In that regard, China managing relations with a constellation of key players such as Japan, South Korea and the EU will prove pivotal in guarding against accidental slippages into hot war.