In Diplomatic Courier, Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue Senior Visiting Fellow Dr. Kaush Arha and Advisory Council member Lester Munson write that to successfully compete against China and sustain the rules-based international system the U.S. must radically reorient its policies. This includes creating a new department to coordinate U.S. economic diplomacy efforts.

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For the first time, the United States is engaged in a global security contest with a rival of near-equal economic weight. China is predicted to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy within the decade. The complexity of the contest is manifest in the extraordinary integration of the global economy. The clash between the American-led system of democratic governance institutions and Chinese autocracy will determine whether international economic relations adhere to the rule of law or be reshaped by the Chinese Communist Party in its autocratic mercantilist image. The stakes could not be higher.

A Lead Agency to Counter the Chinese Economic Threat
Dr. Kaush Arha
Senior Visiting Fellow; Former...