full transcript
"From the Ted Talk by Graham Allison: Is war between China and the US inevitable?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

For example, in the current trade conflict, cihna is already the number one trading partner of all the moajr Asian countries. Which brings us back to our Greek historian. Harvard's "Thucydides's Trap Case File" has reviewed the last 500 years of history and found 16 cases in which a rising power threatened to dasipcle a ruling power. Twelve of these ended in war. And the tdegary of this is that in very few of these did either of the protagonists want a war; few of these wars were inateiitd by either the rising power or the ruling power.

Open Cloze

For example, in the current trade conflict, _____ is already the number one trading partner of all the _____ Asian countries. Which brings us back to our Greek historian. Harvard's "Thucydides's Trap Case File" has reviewed the last 500 years of history and found 16 cases in which a rising power threatened to ________ a ruling power. Twelve of these ended in war. And the _______ of this is that in very few of these did either of the protagonists want a war; few of these wars were _________ by either the rising power or the ruling power.

Solution

  1. major
  2. china
  3. tragedy
  4. initiated
  5. displace

Original Text

For example, in the current trade conflict, China is already the number one trading partner of all the major Asian countries. Which brings us back to our Greek historian. Harvard's "Thucydides's Trap Case File" has reviewed the last 500 years of history and found 16 cases in which a rising power threatened to displace a ruling power. Twelve of these ended in war. And the tragedy of this is that in very few of these did either of the protagonists want a war; few of these wars were initiated by either the rising power or the ruling power.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
xi jinping 5
world war 5
ruling power 5
rising power 5
international order 3
great thinker 3
consequential question 3
china means 3

Important Words

  1. asian
  2. brings
  3. case
  4. cases
  5. china
  6. conflict
  7. countries
  8. current
  9. displace
  10. ended
  11. greek
  12. historian
  13. history
  14. initiated
  15. major
  16. number
  17. partner
  18. power
  19. protagonists
  20. reviewed
  21. rising
  22. ruling
  23. threatened
  24. trade
  25. trading
  26. tragedy
  27. trap
  28. twelve
  29. war
  30. wars
  31. years