Chen Deming, who headed China’s Ministry of Commerce in Beijing from 2007 to 2013, was speaking at “China Conference USA: Competition or Cooperation?” on Tuesday, the first event hosted by the South China Morning Post in New York. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China, US decoupling ‘unthinkable’ says former commerce minister

  • Chen Deming, who headed the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing, hit back at the idea the ongoing trade war could force the world’s two largest economies to disengage
  • His speech in New York came five days before US tariffs on US$156 billion of Chinese products are set to come into force
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Chen Deming, who headed China’s Ministry of Commerce in Beijing from 2007 to 2013, was speaking at “China Conference USA: Competition or Cooperation?” on Tuesday, the first event hosted by the South China Morning Post in New York. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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Zhou Xin

Zhou Xin

Zhou Xin co-leads the political economy team at the Post. He mainly covers economic stories but also writes about Chinese politics and diplomacy. He has previously worked for Reuters and Bloomberg in Beijing.