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It may feel like everything is different because of coronavirus, but that simply is not true.
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5 things that won’t change in the post-coronavirus economy

Parag Khanna
Member exclusive by Parag Khanna

The longer the coronavirus pandemic persists, the more it shakes our belief in linear progress. From 9/11 to the financial crisis to the current global pandemic, we have experienced a major global shock roughly every 10 years. And each time, there are unanimous cries that “everything will change.

Yet numerous trends that were underway before the current global shutdown began will not only continue, but accelerate. Here are five such undercurrents that will be reinforced by the pandemic. If nothing else, this list should give us a more confident view of the world of tomorrow.

1. China will be less dominant