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The Sino-American cold war’s collateral damage

Minxin Pei
Minxin Pei10/29/2018 08:00 AM GMT+08  • 3 min read
The Sino-American cold war’s collateral damage
SINGAPORE (Oct 29): The escalating trade feud between the US and China is increasingly viewed as the opening campaign of a new cold war. But this clash of titans, should it continue to escalate, will cost both parties dearly, to the point that even the wi
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SINGAPORE (Oct 29): The escalating trade feud between the US and China is increasingly viewed as the opening campaign of a new cold war. But this clash of titans, should it continue to escalate, will cost both parties dearly, to the point that even the winner (more likely to be the US) would probably find its victory Pyrrhic.

Yet it is the rest of the world that would pay the steepest price. A new cold war would undoubtedly produce collateral damage so far-reaching and severe that the very future of humanity could be jeopardised.

Already, bilateral tensions are contributing to an economic decoupling that is reverberating across the global economy. If the end of the Cold War in 1991 launched the golden age of global economic integration, the beginning of the next cold war between the world’s two largest economies will undoubtedly produce division and fragmentation.

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