Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Reader 1

Minxin Pei


Even before the Covid-19 pandemic raged across the globe in early 2020, the United States and China were suffering from severe strains in their economic relationship. Due to the difficulty in securing concessions from China during the trade war, the Trump administration promoted the idea of ‘economic decoupling’ from China. This paper first seeks to understand the strategy of economic decoupling as conceived by its proponents in Washington. Next, the paper will analyze how the pandemic has impacted the economic relationship between the United States and China, and whether it has reinforced or hindered the resolve to decouple. The paper will additionally analyze the prospects for U.S. allies supporting its strategy of economic decoupling before finally examining the response to decoupling from China.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.