Although cyberspace represents a relatively new facet of the US-China relationship, controversies within this domain have rapidly evolved into critical and contentious issues in the eyes of both parties, affecting a wide swath of policy areas such as trade, defense, transparency, and the rule of law. Understanding the development and underlying factors of tensions, the concerns of both sides, and the way in which these problems combine in the poorly managed competition over 5G will be crucial to moderating friction and building the future digital world.

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This publication was originally published in the Turkish Policy Quarterly.