China-US cooperation

The Covid-19 outbreak has hit the Chinese and global economy, and will continue to have an impact until it comes under control. (iStock)

Covid-19: Can the global economy operate without China? [Part Two]

Two months from the onset of Covid-19 and the ensuing gridlock, global supply chains have been disrupted, travel plans have been derailed while oil prices continue to plummet. Chen Jibing lays bare the crippling effects that the coronavirus outbreak has and will have on the global economy. In part two of the report, Chen analyses the volatility of the commodities markets, the impact on China’s ability to implement the US-China phase one trade agreement, and the implications for global economic growth in 2020.
Air China employees wear medical masks for protection against the Covid-19 at LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal on 2 February 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The United States was first to announce a travel ban on travellers from China. (David McNew/Getty Images/AFP)

Covid-19: Further split in China-US relationship?

The Covid-19 crisis should have been a chance for the US and China to increase cooperation. Instead, the two countries have lobbed diplomatic volleys against each other in a show of one-upmanship. Now, their competition arena has widened beyond trade or tech, to the escalating coronavirus epidemic.
Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping shake hands in a file photo from the G20 Summit in Osaka in June 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

The China-US trust war

Zhu Ying asserts that the nub of the issue in the China-US trade war is a high level of distrust. Tariff tit for tats are just symptoms of that root problem. If not arrested, it will thwart any real progress in the trade talks.
Decoupling is not an option; competition and cooperation will continue to mark this critical relationship. (iStock)

China and USA: Friends or foes

Roughly 17,000 people travel between China and the US daily, with a flight taking off or landing every 17 minutes. Political scientist Zhu Zhiqun opines that while relationship between the two giants will continue to experience its ups and downs, the two countries are joined at the hip. He looks into history for a better understanding of the China-US relationship.
Edgar Snow (left) and John Stuart were two Westerners in China who did their part to improve the country. (Internet)

John Stuart and Edgar Snow: Two Americans in China

As the PRC celebrates its 70th anniversary, and amid the China-US trade war, Prof Tian Fangmeng remembers two Americans who left their marks on China in the first half of the 20th century. One became the face of American imperialism and the enemy of communism, while the other became a familiar face in the Chinese government’s official propaganda. But are they so different?
Countries will have to work together on the BRI to handle challenges. (SPH)

Why the BRI needs the USA

In the second part of his series on the BRI, Professor Gu Qingyang explains why the US should consider working with China on the BRI.