Since China’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001, economic relations between China and the US have deepened. Along with closer ties, however, has also come greater political conflict. In this case, students will analyse the current Sino-US diplomatic relationship through two distinct lenses: 1) bilateral diplomatic relations; 2) economic theory. By understanding the complex political and economic factors underpinning the relationship, students will be called on to propose potential solutions to avoid further escalation.
1. Understand the economic theory underpinning the current Sino-US trade dispute
2. Understand the historical development of the Sino-US diplomatic relationship
3. Analyse public policy issues and propose solutions.