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A Center for Collaborative Research & Education on Greater China


2020: Volume 19, Number 2
1. Introduction
2. Decoupling between the U.S. and China May be as Disruptive as COVID-19
3. Chinese Economy amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Prospects and Policies
4. COVID-19 and changes to the global supply chain – Some observations from China
5. Public Health in China: Bull’s Nose Ring Or Tail?
6. Sino-Ethiopian Relations from Meles Zenawi to Abiy Ahmed: The Political Economy of a Strategic Partnership
7. Discussion with Barry Naughton, January 24, 2020
8. The Chang-Lan Fellowships: Reflections on the Value of Experiential Learning
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Making sense out of the current moment is challenging to say the least. The coronavirus pandemic has overtaken and overshadowed everything, which is why this edition of China Currents is dedicated to examining the impact of the crisis on China from a variety of perspectives. Even before the pandemic hit, U.S.-China relations were taking a serious turn toward the worse. Yawei Liu, in our lead article, examines the implications of decoupling ties amid the pandemic. Xuepeng Liu examines the economic impact of a pandemic-fueled decoupling on China and offers suggestions for how Beijing can avoid the worst outcomes. Björn Wahlström offers practical advice on how to mitigate problems stemming from supply chain interruptions caused by the pandemic. Zhuo (Adam) Chen focuses on public health in China, with an examination of China’s response to the pandemic, which includes key lessons learned. Daniel Kibsgaard shifts attention to China and Africa, with a piece about China’s relations with Ethiopia, one of the country’s key economic and political partners on the continent. Next we offer an interview with Barry Naughton, the China Research Center’s annual lecturer in 2020. Dr. Naughton offers his views on a wide range of issues, including the prospects for further market reforms, China’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the prospects for U.S.-China relations. Last but not least, Michael Wenderoth reflects on a quarter century of experience with a student fellowship he and his mother established to foster greater understanding of China through immersion projects in China. Fittingly, he expresses grave concern that we may be entering a dangerous new era “in which borders and minds might be closing down those important activities.”

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