US-China relations: Beijing should contain ‘extreme nationalism’, ex-diplomat warns

US-China relations: Beijing should contain ‘extreme nationalism’, ex-diplomat warns

  • Yuan Nansheng, vice-president of a foreign ministry think tank, also says it’s a ‘misjudgment’ to believe America’s superpower status is on the wane
  • He calls for a more cautious approach in an article on changes he says will reset bilateral ties when the coronavirus pandemic is over

Beijing should contain the rise of populism and “extreme nationalism” in China, a former senior diplomat has warned, and he said it was wrong to think the United States is in decline.Yuan Nansheng, vice-president of foreign ministry think tank the China Institute of International Studies, made the remarks in an article outlining what he said were key changes that would reset bilateral relations when the coronavirus pandemic is over.

“In the post-pandemic era, US policy towards China could shift focus to containment and towards a ‘new Cold War’,” he wrote in the article posted on the WeChat account of Peking University’s Institute of International and Strategic Studies on Tuesday.