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Opinion

US-China decoupling is more rhetoric than fact -- for now

Technology barriers are going up, but economic relationship is deep and complex

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The U.S. and China remain much more coupled than uncoupled.   © Reuters

The casual, nonchalant and, for some at least, apparently satisfying deployment of the term "decoupling" to describe the current trajectory of the U.S.-China relationship reminds us of the classical wisdom that in foreign policy, words are bullets.

Indeed, decoupling has become the term of the moment for U.S.-China relations, reflecting for some the unfolding reality of the relationship; for others, its desired destination. This is despite neither the U.S. nor the Chinese governments deploying the d-word as part of their official vocabulary.

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