From Cooperation to Competition: The Evolution of the US-China Relations since the Cold War


  • Hasim Turker


This study examines the intricate dynamics between the United States and China in the
post-Cold War era, focusing on their evolving relationship under the aegis of various
American and Chinese presidencies. The paper pursues two primary objectives; to
discern the factors driving the transition from cooperation to competition in the
bilateral relationship, and; to scrutinize how these shifts manifested under successive
administrations in both countries. Employing a Realist approach anchored in balance of
power theory, the study uses content analysis to critically assess a diverse array of
primary and secondary sources, including but not limited to, policy documents,
speeches, and scholarly papers. The analysis spans multiple domains—economic,
technological, geopolitical, and human rights—offering a granular look at the policies
and strategies each administration employed to manage this complex relationship. By
incorporating the Chinese perspective, the paper enriches the dialogue surrounding the
US-China relations, providing a more balanced and nuanced understanding. The study
culminates in a comprehensive appraisal of the current state of relations, along with
insights and recommendations for future policy and scholarly exploration. This
research serves as a significant contribution to existing literature, shedding new light
on the complexities and unexplored avenues in one of the most critical bilateral
relationships shaping the modern international order.

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Hasim Turker. (2023). From Cooperation to Competition: The Evolution of the US-China Relations since the Cold War. ASIAN Journal of International Peace & Security (AJIPS), 7(3), 1 - 22. Retrieved from