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Decoupling? The future of the US-China relationship

Monday, March 9

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Many argue that the US-China relationship is at its most unstable and unpredictable point since US President Richard Nixon met with the People’s Republic of China Chairman Mao Zedong in 1972, setting the foundation for China’s re-engagement with the world. After more than three decades of increasing engagement, the two countries appear to be on a collision course that many describe as “decoupling.” Still others have used Thucydides’ Trap to describe the inevitability of war. How did China and the United States get to where they are today? Are the two countries destined to become two opposing blocs in a new world configuration? Are there alternative paths forward to avoid decoupling or conflict? What are the geopolitical, economic, technological, financial, and cultural implications of the current frictions? What does this conflict mean for energy and investment strategies over the coming years?

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