Why our spooks and economists are teaming up to manage China

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“But increasingly, these connections are moving from the abstract to the practical. From textbooks and journals, to the heart of government decision-making.” No other Treasury secretary has veered so publicly into discussing the intersection of economics, geopolitics and national security. Shearer, who was in the audience for Kennedy’s speech, says the “old silos” that existed in the bureaucracy when he began as an intelligence analyst 35 years ago have “completely broken down”. “We can’t have prosperity as a country without security,” Shearer said in rare public comments from the director-general at the conference on Wednesday night. “But we can’t have...