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V27: Say No to Decoupling

October , 2020


Decoupling Serves Nobody’s Interest

Discussions about decoupling have reached new heights as the United States navigates its high-stakes election season. Once again, China has emerged as a hot topic.

In this issue, we feature a series of commentaries by leading Chinese and American scholars on decoupling. We want to help our readers get a 360-degree view, from what decoupling means for both countries (and the world generally) to how everyday life will become different for the citizens of both countries if the U.S. continues to push for further cuts in cultural and education connections.

Increasingly, the decoupling strategy initiated by the United States has begun to slide into a perilous state. The fundamental underpinnings of ties with China, such as Taiwan, are being challenged by dangerous escalations in military activity in the Taiwan Strait, leading to widespread speculation of a possible war, and possibly a severance of diplomatic ties.

It’s time to say no to decoupling. Peaceful coexistence with the rest of the world is sound wisdom that for centuries has served both China and the world. 


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  • The key to China-U.S. competition, either in the economic sector or the military arena, is found in core technologies.

    Tao Wenzhao

    Researcher, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • The twin circulations of this early period of economic reform and opening may be described as two non-intersecting circles, one representing domestic circulation and the other representing international circulation, barely touching each other and with no overlap at all.

    Lawrence Lau

    Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics CUHK
  • The best thing is for the United States to stop its reconnaissance activities, or at least to downscale them, and to stop taking provocative operations against China by carrying out freedom of navigation operations.


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