Susan Shirk said any attempt to decouple the world’s two largest economies would be “absolutely disastrous”. Photo: Reuters

Overreaction to China threat could turn into McCarthyite Red Scare, says former US official

  • Susan Shirk, who handled China relations in the Clinton administration, also warns that decoupling of US and Chinese economies could be ‘apocalyptic’
  • She says ‘herding instinct is taking us off the cliff’ over perceived threats
Topic |   US-China relations

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Susan Shirk said any attempt to decouple the world’s two largest economies would be “absolutely disastrous”. Photo: Reuters
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Laurie Chen

Laurie Chen

Laurie Chen joined the Post in 2017 after completing a master's degree in journalism at City University, London. Originally from the UK, she studied English literature at University College London.