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Follow the money, not the rhetoric, to make sense of China-U.S. ties

People with skin in the game are likely much smarter about the economic reality

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Lujiazui financial district in Pudong, Shanghai, pictured on Mar. 5: China-based business leaders and institutional investors are more optimistic about China's engagement with the Anglophone world.   © Reuters

Nan Li is associate professor of finance at the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. John D. Van Fleet supports industry relations for the Antai College.

One may be forgiven for assuming the worst about China's economic prospects, and particularly about trade prospects with the United States, given the alarmist commentary from politicians and the media in both countries. We suggest a rather different story, based on how those who have something substantial at stake are investing their time and money.

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