Advances in Social Behavior Research

Advances in Social Behavior Research

ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 02 February 2023

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Vicious Circle:What Accounts for the Deteriorating US-China Relation

Yanqi Feng * 1
1 Nanjing Foreign Language School, Beijing East Road, Nanjing

* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Advances in Social Behavior Research, ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 1-15
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Citation Yanqi Feng. Vicious Circle:What Accounts for the Deteriorating US-China Relation. ASBR (2023) ASBR ICEIPI 2022: 1-15.


Nationalism serves as an important base of citizens’ identification of the state. When the economy is not promising, elites tend to use nationalism as a tactic to stabilize people and channel their discontent to foreign states. However, the panacea has serious side effects. This essay will demonstrate how such a tactic could lead to a vicious circle that fulfills and reinforces itself until losing control, which accounts for the deteriorating US-China relation, which is far worse than the underlying interest requires and severely hindering the development of the world. More details will be analyzed to find what particularly accelerates the circle so that possible exits from it could be found. Other common explanations for the rising tension between the US and China are also discussed to make the vicious circle more comprehensive and further unveil the possibilities to ameliorate the status quo.


US-China relation, vicious circle., nationalism


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