Susan Thornton, shown in March 2017 when she was acting US assistant secretary of state, says that recent talks with Chinese leaders suggest they are pessimistic about resolving issues with the US any time soon. Photo: Xinhua

Former US envoy says Chinese officials anticipate ‘partial decoupling’ of the nations’ economies

  • Susan Thornton, former Trump administration expert on Asia, discusses her recent conversations with Chinese
  • ‘It seemed very much that the trade-negotiation moment may have passed,’ she says
Topic |   US-China relations

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Susan Thornton, shown in March 2017 when she was acting US assistant secretary of state, says that recent talks with Chinese leaders suggest they are pessimistic about resolving issues with the US any time soon. Photo: Xinhua
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Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.