The Collapse of Kamala Harris, Plus: Rising to the China Challenge
This evening, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will meet virtually in a bid to reduce rising tensions between the US and China. The remote tête-à-tête comes at an important time, after a Chinese Communist Party declaration that marks Xi as among the greatest figures in its history, with the outlines of the Biden administration’s China policy now visible, and with no shortage of contentious issues for the two leaders to discuss.
Foremost among these issues is Taiwan, the pinch point where Chinese ambitions and the West’s defense commitments are most likely to collide.
Ahead of the meeting, I spoke to Elbridge Colby, architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, co-founder of the Marathon Initiative and author of Strategy of Denial, which explains in unflinching terms why America needs to take the possibility of a confrontation with China more seriously. Colby’s book has made waves in Washington, and is a compelling, realist look at the most important geopolitical question of the 21st century.