As econ gap between US & China narrows, many worry about so-called Thucydides Trap. This refers to fact that on 16 occasions over last 500yrs, rising power has challenged ruling one, & on 12 occasions it ended w/war. While military conflict unlikely, econ battle likely, DB says.
A lot of people are ignoring social-distancing laws to party dangerously during the pandemic, and Thucydides is ON IT
“There is no such thing as the so-called Thucydides Trap in the world. But should major countries time and again make the mistakes of strategic miscalculation, they might create such traps for themselves.” Xi Jinping Sep 2015 Seattle.
"The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage." -- Thucydides
"The NSA will do what they can and #Merkel will suffer what she must." -Thucydides