So, while the governments of China and the US may

exhibit discomfort with one another, it is clear that person-to-person education and research diplomacy will continue to provide a

solid foundation for sustaining win-win academic projects. Any significant decoupling of the US and Chi

na in the education and research fields would prove detrimental to both countries.

In the globalized world of the 21st century, where international kn

owledge networks and crossborder collaborations have become the new norm, the US and C

hina should be seeking to build more bridges, not dismantling them.

The author is executive vice-chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, a joint-vent

ure university established by Duke University and China’s Wuhan Uni

versity, and professor of China Business and Technology at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

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