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US-China and beyond in a world of overlapping crises

Published 15 August 2023

China and the US are both vital, irreplaceable parts of one global system and despite the geopolitical tensions China and the US are not heading on a trajectory toward war, says Bilahari Kausikan, former Permanent Secretary for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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As the trade war between the US and China continues to dominate headlines, the relationship between the US and China has changed. But the US and China are still connected, whether they like it or not.

US-China competition is not the new Cold War, but it is a departure from the cordial economic relations that the two countries have traditionally shared. The US and China are striving to continue to compete and they will lessen their interdependence by partially bifurcating industries, especially high-tech industries tied to national security implications. While it is impossible to split into two separate systems, a new structural shift in international relations is underway, according to Kausikan.

About the NPF International Trade Fellowship 2023

The National Press Foundation holds an annual International Trade Fellowship workshop for journalists sponsored by the Hinrich Foundation. This year, we welcomed 24 Asia-based journalists to the fellowship at the Hinrich Foundation offices in Singapore. The sessions, held in July, focused on US-China geopolitics, AI’s impact on trade, global shifts in supply chains, data visuals, and more.

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