Economic Security and Sino-American Relations
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Economic Security and Sino-American Relations

Progress Under Pressure

Kenneth Boutin

China and the United States have reached a crossroads where their economic relationship is concerned, as the shared interest in economic prosperity and complementary economic strengths that provide the common ground of industrial collaboration are threatened by increasing attention to economic facets of national security. This trend is encouraging policies which potentially undermine the basis of Sino-American industrial integration. This book explores the basis, nature and impact of evolving economic security agendas in the United States and China.
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Chapter 8: Balancing act: economic security and Sino-American relations

Kenneth Boutin

Abstract

The common ground of economic security that has provided the foundation for Sino-American industrial ties is eroding. Growing concern over national economic security encourages state intervention in industrial processes in the interest of national economic security. This trend complicates the pursuit of comprehensive economic security in both the United States in China, though the continuing importance of comprehensive economic security tempers the application of policy measures, particularly in the United States. Policy developments and trends in both states suggest that the common ground will erode further. Under the presidency of Donald Trump, the American policy position on China has hardened, while Chinese policy under President Xi Jinping is increasingly assertive. American and Chinese authorities will find it increasingly difficult to balance the requirements of national and comprehensive economic security as they seek to manage their industrial relationship.

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