US-China politics: The year of the great reversal

In 2022, American democracy survived a big test; China, on the other hand, is grappling with a belated reckoning with Covid-19

The Biden administration has ramped up efforts to cut off China’s access to high-end technology. PHOTO: REUTERS
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To sum up the topsy-turvy year that was 2022 for the United States and China, consider the image of an impossibly well-muscled Donald Trump decked out in a red comic-book superhero outfit, laser beams shooting from his eyes.

The former US president’s cartoon image heralded his foray into the world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) on Dec 15. It was greeted with howls of derision from his critics. Even his former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon thought it a bad idea. Surely it’s beneath the dignity of a former US president to be touting such stuff?

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