Rising economic nationalism and the challenges of covid-19 have raised fears about deglobalisation and decoupling. People worry in particular about fraying relations between America and China. Companies do not want a bifurcated world. Nor do they want to be caught in the geopolitical crossfire between great powers. It is clear that the costs of anything approaching "full" decoupling are uncomfortably high.
Indeed, despite all the chatter about decoupling, the data shows continued interdependence. China's exports have proven surprisingly resilient and it still reports strong foreign-direct investment. At the same, it has struggled to wean itself off American technology and financial infrastructure.
Join The Economist's China Economics Editor Simon Cox to better understand why the data on decoupling does not match the rhetoric and to explore the implications for business in the region and in Hong Kong.
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