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Opinion

US-China decoupling is much harder than Donald Trump thinks

Despite threats and incentives, companies like Chinese manufacturing

| China
Employees work on a smartphone production line in Wuhan. In advanced electronics, companies have barely shifted out of China at all, despite cajoling from Trump.   © Visual China Group/Getty Images

James Crabtree is an associate professor in practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of "The Billionaire Raj."

The coronavirus pandemic appears to be pushing the world firmly down the path of economic decoupling. U.S. President Donald Trump recently doubled down on his usual aggressive stance, musing on May 14 that "we could cut off the whole relationship" with China.

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