Two former U.S. diplomats argue it's time to think of China less as a trading partner and more as a threat. Ashley J. Tellis and Robert Blackwill argue that over the long term, China wants the United States out of Asia, seeing it as an obstacle to Chinese regional hegemony. Washington, therefore, must start preparing now to resist Chinese pressure. Such preparation entails increasing U.S. military capabilities, strengthening U.S. economic and military relationships with allies in the region, and other measures to bolster the permanence of American presence in the Asia-Pacific.

This broadcast originally appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition.