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U.S., allies weigh how to reduce economic ties with China

By Andrew Duehren, Greg Ip

17 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Western powers are trying to reduce their economic dependence on China without taking steps that will undermine global economic growth. It's a tough needle to thread. The WSJ reports.

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and its allies are grappling with how to pare their economic relationships with China, attempting to limit ties in certain sectors they view as strategic while preserving broader trade and investment flows with the world’s second-largest economy.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changed how Western powers think about their strategy toward China, another geopolitical rival and a close partner of Moscow. Russia throttled natural-gas exports to Europe during the war, destabilizing global energy markets.

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