The decaying U.S.-China relationship will change each of our lives

  July 16, 2020   Op-Ed Columns

How far has the diplomatic relationship between the United States and China sunk? It’s gotten to the point where China watchers are increasingly invoking a fuzzy but extreme concept: “decoupling.”

In its purest form, the term refers to a halt in the flows of information, money, ideas, and people between the world’s two powers. And there’s plenty of evidence the two countries are headed in that direction. Washington is issuing new sanctions on China and its leaders nearly every week. Travel and diplomacy have virtually disappeared due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in China. Chinese investment in the U.S. has plummeted. And Chinese students in the United States are being made to feel increasingly unwelcome by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

But how realistic is a pure decoupling – and what does decoupling, in any form, mean for our collective future? To help answer this question, I gathered a group of China experts with backgrounds in finance, trade, government and technology.

Read the rest at Politico.

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