Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies

First Advisor

Nora Fisher Onar

Second Advisor

John Zarobell


The bilateral relationship between the United States and China is crucial for international relations since these two great power states will influence the global economy, politics, and security. However, the US-China bilateral relationship has not always been stable and peaceful. The trade war was current issue to make the relationship between the two countries tenser and tenser. On the US side, the trade war was thought to promote domestic production, but the reality was the opposite; the trade war just broke the bilateral relationship and provided no long-term advantages to the US economy. In March 2022, the U.S. restores tariffs on Chinese goods to pre- trade war levels. In terms of technological development, the United States has shifted from cooperation to competition, which will turn this technological competition into another "trade war." Competition has been a significant theme between the United States and China, from economics to science and technology development. This type of competition benefited neither side, and more competition will have the same results. Long-term competitive relationships will only make US-China bilateral relations more unstable, which would harm both sides' healthy growth. Instead of competition, cooperation can make both parties attain a win-win result. This paper will involve some original Chinese primary sources to express the authentic Chinese voices on all these conflicts.