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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The two sides’ top negotiators pose for pictures on Friday. Photo: AFP

US and China wrap up ‘constructive’ trade talks with pledge to meet again next week

  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he looks forward to continuing discussions in Washington next Thursday
  • Both sides hail progress, but Beijing’s official mouthpiece warns China won’t strike a deal for the sake of it
Topic |   US-China trade war

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The two sides’ top negotiators pose for pictures on Friday. Photo: AFP
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