US and Chinese flags are adjusted before the opening session of negotiations between US and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing in February last year. Photo: Reuters
Stephen Olson
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Stephen Olson

US-China partial decoupling is inevitable, and must be carefully managed to minimise disruption

  • In a US election year with the global economy battered by Covid-19, deteriorating relations between the two biggest economies have little hope of being mended
  • Given the political realities, constructive dialogue won’t be possible until after a newly elected US administration is inaugurated in January 2021
US and Chinese flags are adjusted before the opening session of negotiations between US and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing in February last year. Photo: Reuters
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