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US and China -- the great decoupling

Washington risks losing Asian allies by cutting back its economic ties with Beijing

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Washington is committed to upending the foundation block of the global economy based on modernized Asian nations.   © Reuters

It is barely a decade since the publication of "The World Is Flat," the Thomas Friedman book which painted globalization as a seemingly unstoppable trend along with the enmeshment of the world's giant economies, the U.S. and China.

But if the world was ever flat, as The New York Times columnist insisted, it doesn't look that way anymore. In Washington at least, since the election of Donald Trump, the world has begun to buckle.

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