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Covid-19: The Great Decoupling from China

A Conversation with Gordon Chang

Gordon Chang MastheadPlease join the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) on Thursday, May 21 at 1 pm Eastern for a policy discussion hosted on the Zoom platform with Gordon Chang.

According to Gordon Chang, the novel coronavirus is driving Washington and Beijing further apart. The epidemic, however, is just one of the areas where the two capitals are in disagreement. Not long ago, Americans and Chinese were trying to find common solutions. Now, they are going their separate ways as Chinese ruler Xi Jinping is driving his country in especially troubling directions as he reacts to mounting health, economic, demographic, societal, and environmental challenges. The result of the Washington-Beijing friction is that the world is splitting into camps, each with its own ideologies, business chains, and technologies. We’re headed to the “Great Decoupling.”
Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Great U.S.-China Tech War and Losing South Korea, booklets released by Encounter Books. His previous books are Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World and The Coming Collapse of China, both from Random House.

Chang lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, most recently in Shanghai, as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. 

His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe National Interest, The American Conservative, the International Herald TribuneCommentaryNational Review, and Barron's. He also writes for The Daily Beast.  

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