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A nation must think before it acts.
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This article contends that the United States is competing with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), not “China,” and also that the competition with the CCP should be oriented around the “known unknown” question: How long will the CCP retain a monopoly on power over China? Such a framework provides significant benefits to policymakers and strategic planners. First, it focuses the aim point of the U.S. competition on the true center of power. Second, it provides a desired end state of U.S. policy around which to orient the competition and design strategy—the CCP no longer in a monopoly position.