RIETI Open BBL Webinar: Global Intelligence Series

Understanding and Countering Beijing’s Strategy of Economic Decoupling on Chinese Terms


Although much of the focus has been on American efforts to partially decouple from China, the latter has been pursuing far more extensive economic decoupling from the American and allied economies on Chinese terms for more than one decade.
The Chinese strategy involves dominating whole segments of the Asian economy and decouple these segments of the entire Asian economy from the US. The most important segments are the high-tech and high-value sectors. These sectors are where competition is the most consequential.
At the same time, China is facing increasingly serious problems and obstacles regarding its decoupling strategy. Many of these arise out of structural weaknesses inherent in its political economy. This offers the US and its allies considerable leverage and powerful options to ensure decoupling from China is achieved on preferred terms.
The presentation will look at:
-What China is doing and why.
-China’s strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities.
-How the US and allies can craft a realistic approach which better play to its individual and collective strengths and advantages.


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:15, Thursday, October 6, 2022
  • Venue: Online
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Hosts: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)


  • John LEE (Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute)
    John Lee is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney. From 2016 to 2018, he was senior national security adviser to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. In this role, he served as the principal adviser on Asia and for economic, strategic, and political affairs in the Indo-Pacific region. Dr. Lee was also appointed the Foreign Minister’s lead adviser on the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the first comprehensive foreign affairs blueprint for Australia since 2003 and written to guide Australia’s external engagement for the next ten years and beyond. He has held adjunct professorships at the Australian National University and University of Sydney. He is one of the foremost experts on the Chinese political economy and on strategic and economic affairs pertaining to the Indo-Pacific. Dr. Lee’s articles have been published in leading policy and academic journals in the United States, Asia, and Australia. He received his master’s and doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford and his bachelor of laws and arts degrees (first class, philosophy) from the University of New South Wales. He is based in Sydney, Australia.
  • NISHIMURA Hiroyuki (Commentator and Editorial Writer, Nikkei)