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Resisting the polarising pull of US-China rivalry

As tensions mount, a number of like-minded countries are pushing back on pressures to choose between the US and China while working to maintain an open and stable environment for economic growth

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I always look forward to visiting the United States, especially in May. The tone of the conversations is hard to match and the language of politics is sharp, precise and full of humour. This time, I did not find much humour. The mood among thought leaders in the business and policy world was sombre.

Two topics of conversation dominated: US-China relations and President Donald Trump's position and policies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2019, with the headline Resisting the polarising pull of US-China rivalry. Subscribe