The dominant narrative in global affairs these days is that "the West" is "retreating" from globalisation while China is "rising", with the intimation that this poses a threat to global prosperity and security, including to Singapore.
Western retreat has been implied from a series of significant developments: the 2016 Brexit vote and Trump election; the rise of populist-nativist political parties in Europe; increasing trade protectionism and restrictions on foreign investment and immigration; more stringent regulation of tax-and-subsidy arbitrage and competition policy; hints of a revival of national industrial policies; and some high-profile examples of "reshoring" of global business to the United States.
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