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  • Power and Borders

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China tests new space capability with hypersonic missile

  • Why is a Chinese made hypersonic glide vehicle considered to be a threat by the US?

  • Outline US concerns around China building up its conventional and nuclear forces

  • Why are current arms control treaties not effective in containing this threat?

    Additional questions and reading:

  • ‘The geopolitical tension between China and the US is an example of the decline of the US as a unipolar power and the return of a bipolar world’

    - what does a bipolar world mean?

    - why has the US been the sole superpower since 1991?

  • Read through this article and outline the tensions that exist between China and the US over Taiwan:

    The acute dangers of a conflict over Taiwan

Alasdair Monteith, Gordonstoun

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